Trump Campaign Raises Record-Breaking $52.8 Million After Guilty Verdict

The Trump campaign announced that it raised an astonishing $52.8 million in the six hours following former President Donald Trump’s conviction on 34 felony counts in his Manhattan hush money trial on Thursday. The campaign and the Republican Party’s fundraising blitz brought in more than half of what they had raised in the entire month of April.

According to the campaign, the majority of the funds came from small-dollar donors, with 30% being new contributors to WinRed, the GOP’s fundraising platform. The record-breaking haul comes on the heels of Trump reporting a higher monthly fundraising total than President Joe Biden for the first time in 2024.

A CBS News analysis found that Trump has consistently received an influx of donations following key moments in his legal battles, with his two best fundraising days prior to the conviction being April 4, 2023, when he was arraigned in New York City, and Aug. 25, 2023, the day after his mugshot was released in his separate criminal case in Georgia.

The Trump campaign has been quick to capitalize on the guilty verdict, spending at least $94,900 on Facebook and Instagram ads between the conviction and Friday afternoon. The ads portray Trump as a “political prisoner” and urge supporters to “NEVER SURRENDER.”

Trump’s advisors echoed his post-trial vow that the “real verdict” will come on Election Day, November 5. The former president, who is set to be formally nominated as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate just days after his July 11 sentencing, has consistently pointed out the obvious political motivation of these ongoing attacks by Democrats to weaken his campaign.

Persistence, perseverance and faith in his message and his supporters will be essential to Trump pushing through these Democrat obstacles to what some have termed a “third” term as president.