Trump's fundraising doubles in second quarter of 2023

 July 6, 2023

In a development that may give Democrats reason to panic, former President Donald Trump has seen a massive upswing in his fundraising. 

According to Politico, Trump "nearly doubled" his financial intake in the first quarter of 2023, bringing in more than $35 million.

Money comes in as legal problems mount

The cash was divided between his campaign and leadership political action committee, Save America, although it is not clear how much each entity received.

Politico noted that this figure stands in sharp contrast to the $18.8 million raised during the first quarter of this year and seems to be driven at least in part by the former president's legal battles.

Trump was indicted in federal court last month by Special Counsel Jack Smith on charges relating to his handling of classified documents.

He was also hit with state charges earlier this year by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in connection with a payoff made to former adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Average donation worth $34

Politico reported that Trump has explicitly referenced his indictment in fundraising messages. It quoted one as saying that donors can "make a contribution to peacefully DEFEND our movement from the never-ending witch hunts."

What's more, the former president held a fundraising event at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey on the same day he was arraigned in federal court.

A Trump campaign official told Breitbart the average donation amounted to $34, calling this evidence "that grassroots voters overwhelmingly stand with President Trump."

The good news for Trump isn't just limited to his fundraising haul, as Breitbart pointed out how polls continue to show him performing well.

Poll: Trump leads DeSantis by 33 points

A survey carried out by Echelon Insights between June 26 and June 29 put Trump 33 points ahead of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. That lead grew to 34 points among respondents living in battleground states.

Republican House Conference Chair Elise Stefanik touted Trump's candidacy to Breitbart last week, saying, "Now is the time for Republican voters to unite behind his campaign and focus on winning back the White House."

"Over the past few months, it became clear that President Trump ran away with the Republican nomination and is the best candidate to defeat Joe Biden in 2024," the New York congresswoman added.

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