Former President Donald Trump raised about $18.8 million in fundraising in the first three months of this year, with much of the money coming in after his indictment and arraignment in Manhattan, according to his campaign.
Trump’s campaign provided the three-month figure to Fox News and added that $15.4 million of the total were collected in the two weeks after March 30, the day that Trump was indicted by a grand jury convened by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
According to the outlet, Trump was raising about $170,000 daily from Jan. 1 to March 30.
On April 4, Trump was charged with 34 accounts of falsifying business records related to hush-money payments made during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges and stated that Bragg has “no case” against him.
“With the witch hunts heating up like never before, please make a contribution to stand with me in the fight to SAVE AMERICA,” said one of his fundraising emails sent earlier this month.
$18.8 million was raised through his campaign, Donald J. Trump for President 2024, and his joint fundraising committee, Trump Save America, according to the outlet.
According to filings with the Federal Trade Commission (FEC) on April 15, nearly $14.5 million went to his campaign in the first three months. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign spent about $3.5 million in the first quarter and had roughly $13.9 million in cash on hand as of March 31.
Trump announced his third bid for the White House in November last year. Since then, three other Republicans have announced their 2024 bids—former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, biotechnology entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
Haley’s campaign has said that the former governor raised more than $11 million in the six weeks since she launched her presidential bid on Feb. 15. She ended the first quarter with a war chest of $7.8 million.
Ramaswamy raised nearly $1.2 million in the first quarter and had about $9.4 million in cash at the end of the quarter, according to his FEC filings.
A new Iowa caucus poll (pdf), conducted by Victory Insights polling 400 likely 2024 GOP caucus participants, found Trump in the lead with 54 percent of support, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis a distant second with 24.2 percent.
Haley finished third with 14.4 support, followed by Hutchinson with 3.8 percent and Ramaswamy with 2.6 percent.
In a head-to-head matchup between Trump and DeSantis, the former president still came up on top with 59.3 percent of support, while the governor picked up 40.7 percent of support.
“These results show that Trump is the clear frontrunner in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, while DeSantis leads the second tier of candidates,” the poll says. “Trump’s lead is far outside the poll’s margin of error, and simulations give Trump a 100% chance of victory if the caucuses were held today.”
The poll, conducted between April 10 and April 13, also found that 85 percent of those polled believed the indictment against Trump was politically motivated.
“Many believe Trump’s indictment and subsequent arrest have resulted in his recent bump in the polls,” the poll says.
Trump held an over 20-point lead over DeSantis in a poll (pdf) of 987 likely GOP primary voters in Georgia, according to the University of Georgia’s School of Public & International Affairs Survey Research Center.
The poll, conducted between April 2 and April 12, found Trump with 50.7 percent of support, followed by DeSantis with 28.9 percent, and Haley with 4 percent.
From The Epoch Times