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Trump Raises $141 Million in May, Bolstered by Guilty Verdict

Former President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) reported raising $141 million in May, a significant fundraising boost following Trump’s guilty verdict in his criminal hush money trial. The campaign revealed that over $50 million was raised online within 24 hours after the Manhattan jury’s decision, marking Trump as the first former president and major party presumptive nominee in U.S. history to be convicted of a crime.

Key Points:

  • Massive Fundraising Haul: Trump and the RNC raised $141 million in May.
  • Post-Verdict Surge: More than 37.6% of the funds came in the 24 hours following the verdict.
  • Average Donation: Over two million donations averaged $70.27 each.
  • New Donors: About 25% of the donors were new to the campaign.
  • Comparison with Biden: The Biden campaign has yet to release its May fundraising totals.

Trump’s campaign is not mandated to disclose its fundraising details to the Federal Election Commission until later this month. However, the early release of these figures highlights the campaign’s view that the surge in contributions demonstrates robust support from Trump’s base, despite the guilty verdict.

In April, Trump and the RNC reported raising $76 million, surpassing the Biden campaign and the Democratic National Committee, which raised over $51 million. The recent fundraising could help Trump and the GOP close the financial gap with Biden, which has been a consistent challenge throughout the race.

Campaign Statements:

Trump’s campaign issued a press release stating it received over two million donations in May, averaging $70.27 each. A significant portion, 37.6%, of these donations were made online within 24 hours post-verdict. Chris LaCivita and Susie Wiles, senior advisers for the Trump Campaign, expressed their appreciation for the support, stating, “The American people saw right through Crooked Joe Biden’s rigged trial and sent a powerful message — the REAL verdict will come on November 5th.”

Response from Biden Campaign:

Biden campaign spokesman Ammar Moussa commented on the situation, suggesting that Trump’s campaign is being bolstered by wealthy donors who benefit from his policies. Moussa stated, “Trump’s billionaire friends are propping up the campaign of a white-collar crook because they know the deal — they cut him checks and he cuts their taxes while working people and the middle class pay the tab.”

Trump’s sentencing is scheduled for July 11.

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