Trump Campaign’s Impressive $45M Q3 Haul Overshadows Legal Challenges

Gage Skidmore

In a recent financial update, the Trump campaign revealed that it has amassed over $45 million in the third quarter. This robust fundraising comes despite the typical slowdown campaigns face during the summer months and the legal challenges confronting the former president.

The campaign’s disclosure on October 5th highlighted that of the total funds raised, they retain over $37.5 million readily available. Remarkably, nearly $36 million of this amount is earmarked for the primary elections. This fundraising feat was achieved during a quarter when President Trump was grappling with multiple legal actions.

The former president is currently facing indictments in Washington on several counts, including allegations of conspiring to disrupt the electoral vote counting process. Additionally, he’s under scrutiny in Georgia over claims of trying to reverse election results and is also being investigated for retaining classified government documents.

The campaign’s statement emphasized the significance of their fundraising achievements, especially during a period generally characterized by diminished campaign contributions. They also contrasted their financial standing with that of GOP presidential contender, Ron DeSantis. While the DeSantis campaign recently announced a $15 million fundraising haul for the third quarter, they reportedly have only $5 million in immediate funds for the primary. The Trump campaign suggested that this financial position might jeopardize DeSantis’ campaign longevity.

Recent polling data from FiveThirtyEight indicates a decline in support for DeSantis in the GOP 2024 primaries, dropping from 23.4% in July to 14.1% in October. In contrast, Trump’s support has seen a slight increase from 51.8% to 54.8% during the same period.

While other GOP contenders and President Joe Biden have yet to disclose their third-quarter fundraising figures, Trump’s financial success is noteworthy, especially given the legal and political challenges he faces. Several efforts are underway to bar him from the 2024 presidential race, citing his alleged involvement in the events of January 6th at the Capitol.

Despite these challenges, the Trump campaign remains undeterred. They have urged the Republican National Committee to cancel the upcoming GOP debate in Miami and future debates to concentrate on thwarting Democratic strategies for the 2024 elections. The campaign’s senior advisers have expressed concerns about voter integrity and believe the RNC should prioritize ensuring a secure election.

During the recent GOP debate, several Republican candidates criticized Trump for his absence, attributing it to his significant lead in the polls. However, Trump’s team has signaled their intent for him to face off with President Biden in future debates.

On Truth Social, President Trump recently emphasized his dominant position in the polls, stating, “I am running for President, have a 62 Point lead over Republicans, and am up on Crooked Joe Biden… by 4 to 11 Points.”