Former President Donald Trump’s new campaign brought in more than $30 million in donations in the final weeks of 2020, giving him the means to continue to use his political clout even if he is no longer in office.
According to the Federal Election Commission, the Save America Foundation raised about $31 million in 2021. The bulk of that money, $30.4 million, was transferred by Trump’s “Make America Great Again” committee. This is only a small fraction of what Trump and Republicans are keeping in the accounts of various political committees. His presidential campaign committee still keeps $10.7 million in the bank. Trump’s joint fundraising committees with the Republican National Committee, Trump’s Make America Great Again Committee and Trump Victory have about $63 million available, though the former president is not entitled to all of it.
These funds raised millions of dollars through individual contributions between Nov. 24 and Dec. 31. During that time, Trump often asked voters to donate, casting doubt on the outcome of the 2020 election. “President Trump needs you to step up to make sure we have the resources to protect the integrity of the election,” Trump’s representatives urged in December.
A few weeks after Election Day, 75 percent of all donations under $5,000 were sent to Save America, with 25 percent going to the Republican National Committee account.