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Trump Raised $255.4 Million in 8 Weeks as He Sought to Overturn Election Result - The New York Times

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President Donald J. Trump and the Republican Party raised $255.4 cardinal successful the eight-plus weeks pursuing the Nov. 3 election, caller national filings show, arsenic helium sought to undermine and overturn the results with unfounded accusations of fraud.

Mr. Trump’s strongest fund-raising came successful the contiguous aftermath of the election, specified arsenic aft large media organizations declared that Joseph R. Biden Jr. had won connected Nov. 7. But adjacent arsenic Mr. Trump and his ineligible squad mislaid lawsuit aft lawsuit — successful venues including the Supreme Court — his donors continued to springiness repeatedly. More than 2 cardinal contributions flowed successful to Mr. Trump, the Republican National Committee and their shared accounts from Nov. 24 done the extremity of the year.

The donations were made nationalist implicit the play successful a Federal Election Commission filing by WinRed, the integer level that Republicans usage to process online donations. Mr. Trump’s run committee, associated committees with the R.N.C., and the caller governmental enactment committee helium formed aft the election, Save America, volition each record further disclosures connected Sunday with much details connected spending and fund-raising.

Mr. Trump had antecedently announced that helium and the R.N.C. had raised $207.5 cardinal successful the archetypal period pursuing the election. The caller records amusement that his fund-raising fell sharply successful December compared with November, with an particularly notably dip aft Dec. 14, the time the Electoral College formally formed its ballots to marque Mr. Biden the nation’s 46th president, and world whitethorn person acceptable successful for immoderate of Mr. Trump’s supporters astir the futility of the efforts to overturn the result.

In the 2 weeks starring up to the Electoral College vote, Mr. Trump and the R.N.C. had raised an mean of $2.9 cardinal each time online; successful the 2 weeks after, the mean was $1.2 million.

In fact, Mr. Trump and the R.N.C. had raised much than $2 cardinal online each time since the predetermination until Dec. 14. They did not rise that overmuch again for the remainder of the year, until Dec. 31, erstwhile donations spiked astatine the end-of-year deadline.

The caller figures seizure astir each of Mr. Trump’s online fund-raising, arsenic helium stopped raising wealth connected Jan. 6, the time connected which helium addressed a mob of supporters who past stormed the Capitol successful a convulsive riot and connected which Mr. Biden was formally ratified by Congress arsenic the adjacent president.

Following that riot, Mr. Trump fundamentally ceased sending fund-raising pitches to his supporters (the R.N.C. paused for astir a week). His past run email that time began, “TODAY volition beryllium a historical time successful our Nation’s history.”

Still, Mr. Trump near bureau with tens of millions of dollars raised for his caller Save America PAC, which helium tin usage to money a post-presidential governmental operation, including question and staffing.

But Mr. Trump inactive faces a question of ineligible costs with a looming impeachment proceedings successful the Senate acceptable to statesman successful a small much than a week. Late connected Saturday, Mr. Trump abruptly parted ways with the pb lawyer, Butch Bowers, connected his impeachment defense.

In his archetypal impeachment, the R.N.C. shouldered immoderate of the ineligible expenses for Mr. Trump due to the fact that helium was the sitting president and the enactment leader. Those costs included a $196,000 outgo to Alan Dershowitz, the lawyer who served arsenic portion of Mr. Trump’s defence team.

It is not wide what relation the R.N.C. volition play successful the upcoming impeachment but the party’s coffers did payment immensely from Mr. Trump’s assertive fund-raising arsenic helium dispersed conspiracy theories astir voting fraud. Some 25 percent of funds raised done Mr. Trump’s email and texting cognition were earmarked for the R.N.C.

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