Although former President Donald J. Trump stepped down and was banned from leading social media platforms, he was the Republican Party’s dominant fundraiser for the first half of 2021, ending in June with a war chest of more than 100 million US dollar new federal campaign proposals made this weekend.
Mr Trump raised far more money than any other Republican through WinRed, the party’s main online donation processing site, records show, and more than any of the Republican Party’s three main donation arms themselves. His cash holdings of nearly $ 102 million were also higher than any of the party committees.
The second largest online fundraiser among Republican politicians was Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, who delivered the GOP response to President Biden’s first congressional speech that spring. Mr Scott raised $ 7.8 million online.
Mr Trump’s advisors falsely announced Saturday that “its affiliated political committees raised nearly $ 82 million in the first six months of 2021”.
That number included transfers of at least $ 23 million to his new political action committees, which, according to an analysis of federal filings, had actually been collected on other Trump-related accounts last year.
A spokesman for Mr Trump did not immediately comment on the discrepancy other than to defend the operation’s bookkeeping.
All in all, WinRed’s records showed that Mr Trump had raised more than $ 56 million online in various accounts in the first six months of the year.
The largest part, $ 34.3 million, came in a joint account with the Republican National Committee known as the Trump Make America Great Again Committee. Mr Trump’s Political Action Committee is said to get 75 percent of what went into the joint account, and the party got 25 percent.
In addition, Mr Trump raised more than $ 21 million online directly to two new Save America political action committees that he controls.
Mr Trump has made denying the fact that he lost the 2020 election – which Mr Biden won by a majority of seven million votes – a centerpiece of his post-presidency term. He has repeatedly argued without evidence that the election was ruled fraudulently, even after losing a wave of appeal proceedings, including before the Supreme Court.
He attributed this fake fight for his financial support. “On behalf of the millions of men and women who share my outrage and want me to continue fighting for the truth,” Trump said in a statement, “I am grateful for your support.”
The campaign funding data submitted to the Federal Electoral Commission cover the first half of 2021.
Mr Trump raised by far the most online money of any Republican, despite pausing many of his online recruitment from January 6, the day of the Capitol Riots, until the end of February.
Mr Trump made his first post-presidency speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in late February, urging supporters to donate to him instead of another GOP unit, positioning himself as a potential rival to the existing Republican party apparatus.
“There is only one way to add to our efforts to vote America First Republican Conservatives and in return make America great again,” Trump said on February 28. “And that’s through Save America, PAC and DonaldJTrump .com.”
Mr Trump has raised a ton of donations: nearly $ 3.5 million in his various PACs.
It was also WinRed’s biggest single day in 2021, records show.
Mr Trump’s public events and announcements appear to be closely related to his fundraising. For example, Trump’s short-lived start of a blog page sharing his thoughts and opinions on political developments, titled “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump” in early May has been widely viewed as a poor substitute for a social media platform. The site was soon scrapped.
But the site still seems to have generated real money for the Trump operation.
His Save America committee had raised an average of $ 108,000 in the five days prior to the launch of the “Desk” page; The PAC raised an average of around $ 421,000 a day for the five days that followed, including more than $ 900,000 in one day.
Much of the money raised by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee came through Mr. Trump’s recurring donation program, which led countless backers to unwittingly donate repeatedly through the use of pre-checked boxes.
An investigation by the New York Times earlier this year showed how the program sparked a wave of fraud complaints and reimbursement claims that lasted through 2021.
Mr Trump’s fundraising slowed over the first six months of the year. In January, the month of the Capitol Riot and his subsequent impeachment in the waning days of his presidency, Mr. Trump raised $ 13.8 million for the Trump Make America Great Again committee.
By June that total had shrunk, though it was still a solid $ 2.6 million, almost entirely from recurring donations. By July, party officials had stopped resigning, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the party’s internal financial affairs.