Former President Donald Trump continues to dominate the crowded race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, as evidenced by his commanding lead in recent polling. Moreover, his fundraising efforts have been nothing short of robust. Trump’s campaign confirmed that he raised over $35 million during the second quarter of 2023, nearly double the amount he raised in the first quarter. This significant haul is seen as an indication that the former president’s legal challenges have actually fueled support for his 2024 White House campaign.
Trump’s triumphant return to the campaign trail was marked by a massive rally in Pickens, South Carolina, where an estimated 50,000 to 55,000 people gathered to show their unwavering loyalty and support. This remarkable turnout, particularly in a town with a population of around 3,400, demonstrates the enduring admiration for Trump and his policies among his dedicated supporters. Despite a shift towards smaller events in his 2024 campaign, the rally in Pickens served as a clear reminder of the former president’s frontrunner status.
The rally took place amidst ongoing legal challenges that Trump faces. He has been indicted on hush-money charges in New York and federal charges related to classified documents, among other investigations. However, these legal matters have not deterred his loyal supporters. Trump became the first sitting or former U.S. president in history to be charged with a crime during this year’s second quarter of fundraising.
In April, Trump pleaded not guilty to charges brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, alleging hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in 2016. These payments were purportedly made to keep her silent about her alleged past encounters with Trump. The former president vehemently denies the allegations, including falsifying business records.
Additionally, Trump was indicted and arraigned last month on charges of improperly retaining classified records. He pleaded not guilty to these charges, which accuse him of illegally keeping national security records at his Mar-a-Lago estate following the end of his presidential term, as well as obstructing federal efforts to recover the documents. In total, Trump faces 37 felony charges.
Despite these legal challenges, Trump’s fundraising efforts have remained strong. His campaign proudly announced significant fundraising spikes following both the New York City indictment and the federal indictment. Trump’s second-quarter haul includes funds for his official presidential campaign and his political action committee, Save America, which also covers his non-campaign activities, including legal expenses.
With a commanding lead in GOP presidential nomination polls and double-digit leads in key early states like Iowa and New Hampshire, Trump’s campaign adviser believes the former president is in the driver’s seat. The continued support and financial contributions demonstrate the strong backing Trump enjoys among Republican primary voters as he embarks on his third White House run.