Donald Trump’s political organization raised $ 82 million in the first half of 2021
Donald Trump’s political organization entered in July with nearly $ 102 million in cash reserves – an unprecedented war chest at this point in the electoral cycle for a former president, new figures show.
Trump’s fundraising is a testament to his continued ability to raise funds from small donors online, as he trumpets baseless claims that voter fraud led to his downfall last year.
Trump’s team said 3.2 million contributions were made to the former president’s political committees in the first six months of the year.
In a statement, Trump again complained about a “stolen” election and cited the donations as a sign that millions of Americans “share my outrage and want me to keep fighting for the truth.”
Trump’s fundraising apparatus includes two political action committees: Save America, a leadership PAC and the Make America Great Again PAC, as well as a separate joint fundraising committee.
Most of Trump’s cash reserves are stored in his Save America leadership PAC, with $ 90 million remaining in his accounts as of June 30, new documents show – giving the Republican a significant sum to unlock as his party seeks to take control of the House and the Senate. in the midterm elections next year. Trump has also hinted that he will seek the White House again in 2024, and new numbers show he remains the dominant figure in GOP fundraising despite losing election and access to media platforms. social.
Announcing its fundraising totals, which were first reported by Politico on Saturday, Trump’s team said its committees raised nearly $ 82 million in the first six months of the year , but that total also included funds raised in 2020 that were transferred to his account. This year.
Trump spokesman Jason Miller said on Sunday that the transfers were included because they represented “all of Save America’s new income for this period.”
Save America is the former president’s primary fundraising and public relations vehicle, and he uses it to issue statements endorsing his favorite candidates and denouncing those he opposes. But the PAC had not contributed to any candidate for Congress in the first six months of the year, according to its documents to the Federal Election Commission. Miller told CNN that checks started mailing to approved applicants in July, after the period covered by the new deposits.
Leadership PACs like Save America have a cap on donations, but federal rules place few restrictions on how their contributions can be spent. And in the first six months of the year, the PAC spent about $ 68,000 on accommodation and meals at the Trump Hotel Collection, according to records.
Trump also endorsed a super PAC, Make America Great Again Action. The super PAC’s filing on Saturday night shows it made just over $ 5 million as of June 30. Individual donors include Don Ahern, a Nevada businessman who donated $ 1 million, former Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler to $ 250,000 and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell to $ 100,000. Lindell has been on a mission to advance allegations that widespread fraud contributed to Trump’s defeat.
The super PAC recently began spending to boost candidates favored by Trump – injecting $ 100,000 in an unsuccessful attempt in July to help elect Texas Republican Susan Wright in a special second round for a House of Commons seat. United States. Wright lost to fellow Republican Jake Ellzey.
Another GOP primary on Tuesday – this time for a U.S. House seat from Ohio – will offer the final test of Trump’s ability to influence voters. Make America Great Again Action has spent more than $ 400,000 so far to promote Trump’s choice, coal lobbyist Mike Carey, in the Columbus area special election.
This story has been updated with additional information.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the amount of contributions to Trump’s political committees. That’s 3.2 million contributions.