Trump raised millions but spent none of it on audits and GOP candidates

The one outside group the former president supported during the first half of 2021 was his own.

8/3/2021 2:40:00 PM

Six months since leaving office, former President Donald Trump is sitting on a $102 million war chest

The one outside group the former president supported during the first half of 2021 was his own.

By08/03/2021 04:30 AM EDTLink CopiedSix months since leaving office, former President Donald Trump is sitting on a $102 million war chest.But having whipped his supporters into a frenzy with pledges to overturn the election and promises to support Republican candidates in the midterms, he is not spending his campaign money on either.

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A review of election filings from Make America Great Again PAC, Save America PAC, and the Save America Joint Fundraising Committee show that not a single penny was transferred or contributed from those Trump-affiliated entities to GOP candidates or committees involved in the midterm elections. Nor did Trump's various groups write a check to support the audit in Arizona that he has repeatedly praised in statements and suggested would lead to the overthrowing of the 2020 election results.

Trump’s groups brought in more than $80 million during the first half of 2021, a large chunk of which was transferred in from Trump-affiliated accounts. He used some of his funds on things like salaries for aides and political advisers, as well as events, travel expenses and fundraising outreach to supporters. He also spent more than $8 million in legal fees paid to various firms and attorneys to advance his attempts to change the results of the 2020 election and defend himself in a second impeachment trial. The one expenditure Trump did make to an outside group was to one in his own orbit: a $1 million contribution to America First Policy Institute, the think tank a handful of his former aides launched when he lost the White House.

Trump's spending decisions suggests that he knows the Arizona audit is just for show and that he is more keen on saving up money for his own purposes than he is on supporting others', at least for now. The spending patterns also stand in contrast to the tone and tenor of the fundraising appeals and public utterances he has been making since leaving office.

Key to Trump’s money-raising success has been continued baseless claims the election was stolen, his plea for support for election audits and reviews in states like Arizona, and his promise that he would continue to move the MAGA movement forward, even while out of the White House. While teasing a run in 2024, he has also repeatedly vowed to first help Republicans win back control of Congress in the midterms by offering his endorsement and even holding rallies in support of candidates.

A Trump spokesperson confirmed that no funds from any of Trump’s political committees have been spent in Arizona or other efforts, like the lawsuit calling for an audit in Fulton County, Georgia. TheWashington Postwas first to report lack of funding for the Arizona audit before FEC filings were made public.

An adviser said Trump has recently cut checks for candidates he supports, but those would not be visible on this latest July filing. And in a statement on Monday, Trump sought credit for the total amounts of money that major Republican campaign committees raised this year, saying that they did so using his “name and likeness through many of their efforts.”

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“I am pleased to see the entire party benefit from ‘Trump,’” Trump said.While Trump declined to transfer money to other Republicans or GOP committees, he did spend large sums on lawyers. Make America Great Again PAC, which was Trump’s campaign committee during the election and became a political action committee in 2021, spent more than $1 million on legal fees for mega firms Jones Day and Harder LLP, the law firm of Charles Harder. Harder had previously represented Trump in lawsuits brought by porn star Stormy Daniels as well as the Trump campaign in defamation lawsuits against media companies.

In this Nov. 20, 2016 file photo, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. | Carolyn Kaster/AP PhotoTrump’s Make America Great Again PAC also footed the bill for legal consulting fees during Trump’s second impeachment trial. The law firms of Trump’s three impeachment attorneys, Bruce Castor, Michael van der Veen, and David Schoen, were collectively paid more than $600,000.

In addition, more than $2.5 million was paid to Kasowitz, Benson, Torres, LLP, the firm of Trump’s attorney Marc Kasowitz, a prominent New York litigator who has represented Trump in high-profile lawsuits and was Trump’s private counsel during the Russia investigation.

After the November 2020 election, Trump’s attention almost entirely turned towards subverting the election results and various recount efforts. Yet of the nearly $2 million spent on recount-related legal consulting in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia — where the Trump campaign filed lawsuits to contest the general election outcome — only a small fraction was paid to the people who became the face of Trump’s crusade.

Jenna Ellis, who appeared almost daily on television and at local hearings to defend Trump’s election disputes, was paid $22,000 by Trump’s MAGA PAC according to filings. When asked for comment, she said this publication had “no clue what my representation agreement was nor do you care.” She did not elaborate, but Trump has been known to pay associates and aides through limited liability corporations, which make it effectively impossible to track how much they are earning.

Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, who led efforts to overturn the election and pushed baseless theories of widespread voter fraud, was only paid over $75,000. That payment was for travel expenses and not legal fees. A spokesperson for Giuliani did not reply to a request for comment.

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Uh, it’s NOT EVEN CAMPAIGN SEASON YET! What about Democrats who haven’t spent money on candidates yet? Are they doing something illegal and sinister? Yahoo News is a f*cking joke. He's saving up for 2024. People seem to have forgotten about all the liens that are coming due soon! 🤔 Why has that story gone dark? 🤔 Trump is in huge debt to a host of creditors for Trump properties!

He owes more than that! He’s so in debt to Russia! 😏It will take a lot more to pay back his creditors are due to come calling soon! Tick tock! He never planned on using 'war chest' for campaign. Have you learned nothing about this opportunist? DAMFs Grifting 24/7.

Trump raises big money in early 2021, but doesn't spend muchTrump, a Republican, established the Save America committee in November shortly after losing the presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden. Under Federal Election Commission (FEC) rules, the committee has broad leeway in how it can use its money. A filing with the FEC showed Save America made a $1 million contribution in June to the America First Policy Institute, a nonprofit run by veterans of his administration. Poor and middle class people donating directly into the pockets of a millionaire. Priceless… It’s being saved for his legal defense fund and his bank loans. Those little $10 & $25 contributions are being scammed from the loser supporters.

It's not a war chest it's a Personal fund chest. Grifters gonna grift. The dude is about self-interested. At some point the GOP will feature this out. Is he? Or is he spending it on himself and his family? Twitter accounts come and go. Please consider following this NEW account. If American democracy is to survive beyond 2024, it is crucial that Democrats maintain control of the House and Senate in the 2022 midterms. It doesn't take a rocket scientist.

He needs it for legal bills. Trump 2024 Baby Everything with trump is a grift. That he grifted for himself A grifter until the end....

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Commander in chief grifter They should indict him and make him turn all that money over to the DOJ for purchase of new election equipment for Az. Stupid people sending money to a loser. It’s ok he will take it. Apparently people never get tired of paying the bills for an alleged billionaire. Which he won’t willingly spend a nickel of. That’s his griftin’ money!

CON MAN GRIFTER! Nobody with any sense or love of democracy would vote for him. Help to protect nature and people, please! More info in comments on how to: With this amount of money how many cartons of cigarettes can he buy in prison!!! All $100 million gained under false pretenses, destined to be used for purposes not intended by those who donated. The Great Grifter is a shining example of belief and faith triumphing over fact and reason.

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Entirely financed by...not him. GODS DO GOD THINGS He's keeping it for himself as his company isn't making any money. Grifter Grifters gotta grift That pic. Has anyone seen individ 1 and regis philbin in the same room at the same time? Maybe Dominion can include it in it's law suit. It's about 4% of the claimed damages.

Mmm... publish your sources, if you don't mind. Simple. We boycott him and his associates, broke. Do your research. Con man's gotta con until either he dies or the music stops.

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The Evil Greed of Donald J Trump 21st Century Antichrist. If he doesn't go to jail before 2024 prepare for Civil War 😱 Grifting from numpties. Trump still gets a lot more press than Biden. I am amused. Money to spread more lies. So that's why his ass looks so big. My bet is that he keeps most of it for himself.

And it's all from those gullible persons who think he's their messiah that would change their world to their own liking. Newsflash, he CAN'T! Leave him alone. I know Dems media has not said a single good word about trump yet. And this is also not true either. If you find a single good news about trump by Dems based media, I would reward you $100,000 coz there is none. FOLLOW ME if you are a fighter against fake media.

And, he has no one left to bribe. Sad. And how did he get on lies

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'Six months since leaving office, former President Donald Trump is sitting on a $102 million grift chest.' Fixed it, Politico.

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