Trump used the Mar-a-Lago raid to fire up supporters, raising up to $1 million a day in donations: report
- The FBI searched Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida, home for classified documents on August 8.
- Trump’s fundraising team seized the moment to fire up supporters and solicit donations.
- Donations peaked at $1 million for at least two days, according to The Washington Post.
Donald Trump raised up to $1 million a day in donations after the FBI executed a search warrant on August 8 at the former president’s home in Palm Beach, Florida.
Over the past week, Trump’s fundraising team solicited donations through a flurry of emails that denounced the FBI search as a “threat to democracy” and an “unprecedented infringement of the rights of every American citizen” by Democrats.
“We need EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN PATRIOT to take action and bolster our Official Trump Defense Fund,” one email said. “This is the ONLY way to DEFEND President Trump and help him SAVE AMERICA.”
Supporters quickly took the call to action. For at least two days, figures reached up to $1 million dollars, according to a report from The Washington Post.
It’s not clear how much was raised in total since the day of the FBI search, but two people who anonymously spoke to the newspaper said that the daily numbers in recent months ranged from $200,000 to $300,000.
Trump’s fundraising team overall saw a higher-than-average number of contributors and size of donations, the sources said. Donations have since leveled off.
Insider could not independently verify the donation amounts and the team did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.
One of the people who spoke to The Post said that emails seeking donations are more effective when they’re attached to a significant news event such as the FBI search.
Federal investigators were looking to retrieve classified documents, some of which may have contained nuclear information.
The donations can be especially helpful for Trump as he eyes a 2024 presidential bid.
As of March, Trump’s Save America political action committee raised more than $100 million, according to The Guardian.