The former president Donald Trump has shown remarkable resilience in the face of legal challenges and political setbacks. According to the latest filings with the Federal Election Commission, his political committees raised more than $82 million in the first half of 2021, nearly doubling the amount he raised in the same period in 2019.
This impressive haul comes despite the fact that Trump is facing multiple criminal investigations and civil lawsuits, stemming from his business dealings, his tax returns, his role in the January 6 Capitol riot, and his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results. In July, his company and its chief financial officer were indicted on 15 counts of tax fraud and other charges by a New York grand jury. Trump has denied any wrongdoing and called the investigations a “witch hunt”.
Trump’s fundraising success reflects his enduring popularity among his loyal base of supporters, who continue to view him as the rightful winner of the 2020 election and the leader of the Republican Party. His committees have spent millions of dollars on legal fees, political consultants, travel expenses, and rallies to promote his false claims of election fraud and to attack his perceived enemies, including some fellow Republicans.
Trump has also hinted at a possible run for president again in 2024, keeping his supporters engaged and hopeful, but he has amassed a formidable war chest that could give him a significant advantage over any potential rivals. His committees reported having more than $100 million in cash on hand as of June 30.
Trump’s fundraising prowess poses a challenge for the Democrats, who are hoping to retain control of Congress and the White House in the upcoming elections. They will have to contend with a well-funded and motivated opposition that is still loyal to Trump and his agenda. They will also have to overcome the historical trend that favors the party out of power in midterm elections.
Trump’s fundraising also raises questions about how he will use his influence and resources in the future. Will he use them to support Republican candidates who share his vision and values, or will he use them to undermine those who oppose him or challenge his authority? Will he use them to advance his own political interests, or will he use them to serve the public good? Will he use them to promote democracy, or will he use them to undermine it?