Former President Donald Trump’s political action committee has been working overtime since the FBI’s Aug. 8 raid on Mar-a-Lago, bringing in larger contributions from new donors, two people familiar with the matter said. The Washington Post.
FBI agents executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida residence, as part of an investigation into his handling of classified documents. Since then, more than 100 fundraising emails related to this event have been sent to Trump supporters, with messages including statements such as “THEY’RE Caught IN MY HOUSE” and “They’re going after YOU. “.
The Job reports that prior to Aug. 8, the PAC was receiving around $200,000 to $300,000 in donations a day, but that changed once Mar-a-Lago emails started going out — for at least two days, the PAC received more than $1 million a day in dues. The PAC, which brought in $36 million in the first six months of the year, is also seeing more contributors than usual, with donations above average. A person familiar with the case shared with the Job that Trump’s fundraising emails always work best when connected to a high-profile news event.
Jessica Baldwin-Philippi, a Fordham University professor who studies political campaigning and digital communications, told the Job that Trump as a candidate and fundraiser “has always had an impressive set of dedicated voters who are uniquely mobilized by anger. A threat, a negative, a moment when you lose, can actually be lucrative.”