Donald Trump is desperate to stay in control of the Republican party. That is going to take an awful lot of money. And Trump has always styled himself as someone who can raise funds.
It is not going well for him lately, though. His speaking tour with Bill O’Reilly is looking more and more like a dud. And mos of the donations he has coming in is from people who may or may not know they are being charged.
The New York Times reports:
“Much of the money raised by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee came through Mr. Trump’s recurring donation program, which guided countless supporters into unwittingly making repeat donations through the use of prechecked boxes.
A New York Times investigation this year showed how the program spurred a wave of fraud complaints and demands for refunds, which continued into 2021.
Mr. Trump’s fund-raising slowed over the course of the first six months of the year. In January, the month of the Capitol riot and his subsequent impeachment in the waning days of his presidency, Mr. Trump raised $13.8 million that went into the Trump Make America Great Again Committee.
By June, that sum had shrunk, though it was still a robust $2.6 million, almost entirely through recurring donations. As of July, party officials had stopped the withdrawals, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the party’s internal financial dealings.”
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