Just as we predicted, the latest Georgia indictment was fundraising gold for Donald Trump.
The former president stated that he only needed one more indictment to put him over the top, and he may have been right.
Over the 48-hour period following his arrest, Trump hauled in more than $7 million.
He Needs It
The Trump campaign was ready to go when Trump turned himself in. They had already set themselves up for swag and campaign donation letters to go out.
The second they got their hands on the mug shot, it was slapped on everything from mugs to t-shirts to flags, and blasted all over social media.
The effort worked, as Trump raised more than $4 million in the first 24 hours. Over the next day, almost $3 million more poured in.
Trump, who has struggled with fundraising, has been on fire over the last few weeks.
Campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung claimed that Trump has raised over $20 million over the last three weeks. He stated that “Organic money has skyrocketed” since the indictments have been handed down, reported the Daily Wire.
Trump now leads the GOP field in fundraising, which is rather remarkable since he really has no big-money donors helping him out right now.
After Trump, as we would expect, is Ron DeSantis, who is now trailing Trump with cash on hand.
Trump, however, is bleeding money to all these lawsuits that he is fighting off, so much of his $22 million cash-on-hand is likely to go to legal bills, not campaign ads and rallies.
Something to really watch here is where Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) lands. Scott has a reported $21 million cash on hand, according to Politico, so if he does not qualify for the next debate, it is likely that he will suspend his campaign.
If that happens, he will more than likely use some of that money to help whoever he is backing in the election.
I still believe that Trump will make a play for Scott, offering him either a VP slot or a high-ranking cabinet position to help promote him for a future presidential election. If that happens, Trump’s campaign is going to get the majority of that money, I would suspect.
Nobody else in the GOP field is coming close to those three in fundraising, and I expect this race to be slimmed down quite a bit over the next few months.
As I have stated before, DeSantis needs this to be a head’s up race before Super Tuesday, which means he needs to chase Ramaswamy out of the race before then. If not, this is Trum’s race to lose.