Donald J. Trump’s political activism announced Monday that it has raised more than $51 million in the second half of 2021 as the former president continues to dominate the Republican fundraising scene in his first year. first leave the White House.
Mr. Trump’s total war support into 2022 is $122 million – more than double the cash the Republican National Committee itself owns – as he continues to garner supporters. online with the same speed and intensity of campaign heat.
The huge sum of money gives Mr. Trump an invaluable head start if he runs for re-election to the White House, as he has repeatedly suggested that was his intention. Mr. Trump’s team announced it processed more than 1.6 million donations in the last six months of 2021, with an average contribution of $31.
While those funds are stored in federal accounts that can’t legally be spent running for president, lax rules allow him to fully fund his political activism now. at, including paying for protests and even television advertising.
Mr. Trump is by far the most popular Republican among Republican voters, but his lead over hypothetical challengers in 2024, notably Governor Ron DeSantis’ Florida, has shrunk in recent months. He faces new challenges to his role as the undisputed leader of the party.
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The announced amount means Mr. Trump’s fundraising pace has slowed compared to the first half of the year, when he raised $56 million online. Mr. Trump raised less in the last six months of the year, although he did not actively raise money for most of January and February 2021. He paused sending cash requests after the Capitol riots.
Ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, Mr. Trump endorsed about 100 candidates nationwide, ranging from those running for seats ranging from state legislators to secretary of state to senators. USA. He also gave away some of his funds, cutting checks to candidates he endorsed. Those checks are often accompanied by letters that candidates often proudly post on social media.
All told, his team said he contributed $1.35 million to candidates he endorsed and to “like-minded causes.”
Taylor Budowich, a spokesman for Mr. Trump, said the fundraising figures would affect not only the midterms but also the 2024 election, when Mr. Trump suggested he might run for president again.
“President Trump is extremely well positioned to look beyond November because his need for leadership has never been more important,” Mr Budowich said in a statement.
Mr. Trump’s various political committees must file disclosures for the final six months of 2021 by midnight on Monday.
In addition to his own political committees, Mr. Trump has raised funds for an allied super PAC called Make America Great Again, Again! Inc. In December, he organized a small dinner for super PAC sponsors at his private Florida club, Mar-a-Lago. Seats are set at $125,000 per person, or $250,000 for a couple.
Donors who gave away $250,000 to the Trump super PAC include Jose Fanjul, sugar entrepreneur; Saul Fox, a private equity investor; and Dianne Hendricks, who became a billionaire in the housing industry.
Super PAC ends 2021 with $9.5 million in the bank. It reportedly spent $1,438.40 at Mar-a-Lago in December, plus $10,105.09 at Mr. Trump’s Palm Beach golf club.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/31/us/politics/trump-campaign-filing.html Donald Trump enters 2022 with a $122 million campaign chest