(PresidentialInsider.com)- The Political Action Committee set up by Former President Donald Trump brought in $51 million during the second half of 2021, giving the PAC over $122 million cash on hand.
Interestingly, during the last quarter of 2021, Trump’s “Save America” PAC began an aggressive, incessant email fundraising campaign, but even with that concerted effort, the $51 million raised in the second half of last year pales in comparison to the $82 million Trump’s “Save America” PAC raised in the first half of 2021 when there wasn’t a carpet-bombing email campaign.
Raising buckets of cash for his PAC is the primary reason Trump has not officially declared that he is running again in 2024. Once he announces he is a candidate, Trump would be bound by campaign finance rules that would put severe limits on fundraising and, more importantly, how that PAC money is spent.
And while the Trump Team capitalizes on Trump’s image to raise a lot of money, last March, Trump’s attorneys sent cease and desist letters to the RNC, the National Republican Congressional Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee demanding they stop using his name or likeness in any fundraising emails or merchandise sales.
In announcing the fundraising for the second half of 2021, Save America PAC’s director of communications Taylor Budowich said the former President’s political organization “continues to capture and define the future of the Republican Party.” You’d think if that was the case, Trump’s lawyers wouldn’t be so touchy about the Republican Party using his name or likeness.
The Save America PAC was set up ostensibly to help elect America First Republican candidates in the 2022 Midterm elections. According to Budowich’s statement, the fundraising numbers prove that a MAGA wave “is set to crash across the midterms.”
Budowich, like Trump, also drops another tease about the 2024 presidential election.
In his statement, Budowich said the PAC’s fundraising means Trump “is incredibly well-positioned to look beyond” the midterm elections because Trump’s “leadership has never been more important.”
According to the filings released last week, the average donation to Trump’s political action committee was $31 among over 1.6 million total donations. Over 98 percent of the donations in the second half of the year were from small donors of under $200.