Trump Campaign Says $53M Raised After Guilty Verdict Announcement

NEW YORK, USA - Sep 21, 2017: President of the United States Donald Trump during a meeting with the president of Ukraine in New York

The Trump campaign revealed in late May that the campaign and the Republican National Committee raised a record $52.8 million in the first 24 hours after a Manhattan jury convicted Trump on all 34 felony charges in New York’s hush money trial.

The jury verdict prompted such a flood of campaign donations to the WinRed website that the site temporarily crashed due to excessive traffic.

The campaign reported that most of the contributions in the first 24 hours were from small-dollar donations, including about 30 percent who had never contributed through WinRed before.

The Trump campaign wasted no time capitalizing on outrage over the jury verdict to raise campaign cash.

Immediately after the verdict was announced, the Trump campaign hammered Facebook and Instagram with $94,900 worth of campaign ads, more than twice what the campaign spent on the two platforms in the week before the May 30 verdict.

The ads called Trump a “political prisoner” and described Thursday, May 30 as a “dark day” for the country. The ads also highlighted Trump’s remarks that his trial was “rigged.”

Trump held a news conference on May 31 where he described the case as a “scam” and said he was convicted in a “rigged trial.”

The official fundraising haul following the conviction will not be verified until later this month once the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign file reports with the Federal Election Commission.

According to an analysis from CBS News, the Trump campaign has enjoyed significant surges in donations after key events in his ongoing legal battles.

FEC records show that the Trump campaign recorded their biggest single-day fundraising hauls when Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg first indicted Trump on April 4, 2023, and after Trump’s mug shot from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department was released on August 25, 2023. 

The campaign also received a spike in fundraising after the Special Counsel’s Office released its indictment in the classified documents case in June 2023 and after Trump’s second federal indictment in the so-called election interference case in August 2023.