Trump claims his supporters did not just gift him $5 million in 48 hours, more than 16,000 people joined as campaign volunteers within two days of his indictment
In the 48 hours following Trump’s indictment, his presidential campaign said it got $5 million in donations and 16,000 new workers. According to an unknown Trump official, the former president raised an extra $1 million on Saturday, in addition to the $4 million that the Trump campaign reported receiving on Friday.
In the first 24 hours after Trump’s indictment, more than 16,000 people joined up to help on his website, according to Axios, quoting Trump’s campaign spokesperson. The website lists volunteer tasks such as vote monitoring, canvassing, door knocking, even helping, and making phone calls.
A New York grand jury charged Trump on Thursday. The Manhattan district attorney is looking into a hush-money payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels by Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, on the night of the 2016 election. On April 4, Trump is expected to surrender and be arraigned in New York.
Trump has been actively fundraising in recent weeks, even before the charge was revealed. After wrongly predicting that he would be arrested on March 21, he collected $1.5 million in three days from grassroots contributions.
Following his indictment, his campaign continued to collect donations through a flood of funding emails obtained by Insider. According to the texts, the Manhattan probe is a “witch hunt” and political persecution urging supporters to be a “founding defender” by sending cash.
One such email requested fans to sign a “Thank You” card for Trump’s family before seeking contributions. Another offered a white t-shirt with the phrase “I stand with Trump” as a reward for a $47 contribution.
Trump’s campaign announced on Friday that it had gathered $4 million in the 24 hours following the news of the indictment. According to the Trump campaign, more than a quarter of these donations came from first-time contributors, and the average gift was $34.
Trump’s team said in a Sunday message to followers obtained by Insider that it had “OUTRAISED THEM ALL!” Trump isn’t the only politician using his indictment to raise money.
According to The New York Times, Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri and the National Republican Congressional Committee both sent out contribution requests in response to the arrest. According to The New York Times, the Democratic Governors Association and other Democrat PACS have also aired fundraising interactions referring to the charges.