Donald Trump dwarfs Joe Biden in latest fundraising numbers in show of political force after felony convictions
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Trump said he raised tens of millions after his conviction in New York.

Donald Trump’s campaign outraised President Joe Biden by more than $60 million last month, according to federal filings made public Thursday that detailed the Republican fundraising explosion sparked by Trump’s felony convictions.

Biden’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee together raised a robust $85 million in May and reported $212 million in the bank at the end of the month. The strong showing does not include roughly $40 million raised by Biden and his top surrogates in recent days — or a separate $20-million donation from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to pro-Biden groups.

Still, Trump’s fundraising, for one month at least, seemed to dwarf Biden’s.

The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee said it raised a jaw-dropping $141 million in May, including tens of millions donated immediately after Trump was convicted of 34 felonies in the New York hush money case. At the same time, billionaire Timothy Mellon donated a stunning $50 million to a pro-Trump super PAC the day after Trump’s guilty verdict, according to the filings.

Trump’s campaign declined to report how much money it had in the bank at the end of May, prompting Biden’s campaign to question whether the groups were still spending heavily to cover Trump’s legal fees.

“Our strong and consistent fundraising program grew by millions of people in May, a clear sign of strong and growing enthusiasm for the president and vice president every single month,” said Biden campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez. “The money we continue to raise matters, and it’s helping the campaign build out an operation that invests in reaching and winning the voters who will decide this election –- a stark contrast to Trump’s PR stunts and photo-ops that he’s pretending is a campaign.“

Taken together, the numbers detailed in the campaigns’ latest Federal Election Commission filings suggest Democrats may still maintain a cash advantage in the 2024 presidential contest. But almost four months before Election Day, Trump’s side is closing the gap — if it isn’t closed already.

The new fundraising figures also underscore the extent to which the rules of presidential politics are being rewritten in the Trump era.

At almost any other time in U.S. history, a presidential candidate would have been forced to leave an election after being convicted of dozens of felonies. But in 2024, Trump’s guilty verdict has instead fueled a massive fundraising surge that puts his team in a position to ramp up advertising and swing- state infrastructure just as voters begin paying closer attention to the election.

Backed by Mellon’s massive donation, the pro-Trump super PAC known as MAGA Inc. on Thursday reserved $3.5 million in television advertising set to begin July 3 across Georgia and Pennsylvania, according to the media tracking firm AdImpact. Overall, the group reported a $68.8 million haul for May, ending the month with $93.7 million in the bank.

Mellon has been among the biggest donors to Trump and independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., although his support for Kennedy may be fading.

Kennedy raised $2.6 million last month and finished May with $6.4 million in the bank. The vast majority of his fundraising total came from running mate Nicole Shanahan, a wealthy Silicon Valley lawyer. The Kennedy campaign spent more than it raised for the month.

The numbers reported Thursday did not include anything raised in June, including roughly $40 million raised by Biden and his top surrogates in recent days. The vast majority came from a glitzy fundraiser last Saturday with movie stars and former President Barack Obama in Los Angeles that raised more than $30 million. First lady Jill Biden also has been on her own personal fundraising swing that has brought in $1.5 million.

Meanwhile, Biden also got a big boost from Bloomberg.

The billionaire philanthropist, who briefly ran for President as a Democrat in 2020, sent $19 million to the pro-Biden group Future Forward in addition to sending the legal maximum of $929,600 to the Biden Victory Fund, according to a person familiar with the transfers.

Bloomberg also formally endorsed Biden on Thursday. “I stood with Joe Biden in 2020, and I am proud to do so again,” Bloomberg said in a statement.

The Biden campaign said the vast majority of its latest fundraising came from grassroots donors such as nurses, teachers and retirees. Overall, the Biden campaign and Democratic National Committee attracted more than 3 million new donors last month, according to a statement from the campaign.

“While Trump is leeching off his billionaire sycophants, our campaign represents the voices of America, and we’re honored to have their support as we race toward November,” Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison said.

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Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

Associated Press


11 comments

  • Ocean Joe

    June 21, 2024 at 9:27 am

    Failure to pursue serious election finance reform has led us to this. A horrible choice between an imbecile and a failing senior and a heroin addict/brain wormed anti-vaxxer. The cost of politics locks decent alternatives out.

    • Tom

      June 21, 2024 at 9:44 am

      Sad but true. Makes me wonder if I’ll ever vote for somebody again rather than voting against the worst candidate by picking the least worst.

    • Hung Wiil

      June 21, 2024 at 9:00 pm

      They did pursue it. It was called McCain/ Feingold. You trying to control campaigning is unconstitutional. Your whining about it is stupid

      • Silly Wabbit

        June 22, 2024 at 1:14 pm

        You ass.

        • Hung Wiil

          June 23, 2024 at 3:32 pm

          Wow.

  • gVOR10

    June 21, 2024 at 11:14 am

    The Trump haul was largely 50 mil from one Timothy Mellon, Mellon banking heir, and 10 mil from the Uileins, U Line office supplies and Schlitz brewing heir. I doubt even Mellon can afford to do this every month.

    • Hung Wiil

      June 23, 2024 at 3:34 pm

      Even with that money not there Trump outraged Biden in small donors

  • Michael K

    June 21, 2024 at 4:50 pm

    A twice-impeached former president with 34 felony convictions is running for president and raising millions of dollars. That says something about the state of what remains of the Republican party.

    My father – A JFK Democrat, turned Reagan Republican, turned Independent (NPA) in 2016, says he did not leave the Republican Party. The Republican party left him. He’s voting for Biden in 2024.

    • Hung Wiil

      June 21, 2024 at 9:01 pm

      Your dad sounds like a genius

  • Elvis Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    June 22, 2024 at 10:27 am

    Thank you, Dook 4 Brains Leftys, for these Dog and Pony Show Trials AKA “LawFare”.
    You Lefty Dooks sure felt great at the thought of eliminateing Trump in the early stages of these Dog And Pony Show-Trials ….. even though you all knew these trials were total Bull Excriment …. much like your Jan 6, Russia Russia Russia, ect ….
    But Dooks its not all ment as an “Elvis Rubs DO DO In Your Face Moment” ….. No not at all we still have your “Dook Memories” so lets all harken back to the glorious times when Y’all Dooks still belived your lies and trickery would work …… WOOO ….. WOOOOO ….. WOOOOOOOO (That, My Dooks is the sound of The Way Back Machine taking us back in time) ….. all was so great when you Dooks thought you could pull a fast one on the Sage Voters …. Remember those good times? All you Dooks were just Happy Little Campers, Relaxing Your Sphincters, and Living The DOOK LIFE.
    Then reality set in …. y’all cant stopbTruth, Justice, and The American Way with Bull Excriment …. too bad thats all y’all got.
    Elvis Pitts American

    • Thurston Howell IV

      June 22, 2024 at 10:36 am

      Dang Elvis,
      You sure have a way of putting truth into a Great Story which everyone can understand. For a moment I put myself in the shoes of a Dook Lefty and, Elvis, I had to rip myself out of that moment because of your excellant litorical story telling ways I thought I really was a Dook Lefty and was empithising with how The Dooks must feel to the point I started actually crying like a DOOK LEFTY,
      THIV

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