Trump Campaign’s Donation Website Crashes After Verdict

( — The Republican National Committee and Donald Trump’s election campaign reported raising a staggering $52.8 million in the 24 hours after the Manhattan jury in Trump’s hush money trial found the former president guilty on all 34 felony counts.

The flood of campaign donations to the WinRed fundraising platform was so intense following last Thursday’s verdict that the donation page briefly crashed.

According to the Trump campaign, most of last Thursday’s contributions came from small-dollar donors, including roughly 30 percent who were first-time contributors at the WinRed site.

The total fundraising haul will not be verified until after the RNC and the Trump campaign file their official reports for the month of May with the Federal Election Commission.

Based on an analysis of the Trump campaign’s fundraising, the former president’s election campaign received a surge of donations after each of his criminal indictments and other key moments in his legal battles.

According to FEC records, Trump’s two biggest fundraising days during this election cycle came on April 4, 2023, when Trump was indicted in the hush money case, and on August 25, 2023, the day after Trump’s Fulton County, Georgia, mugshot was released.

The Trump campaign also enjoyed fundraising spikes after the federal indictment in the classified documents case was released in June 2023 and after the second federal indictment in the 2020 election interference case two months later.

The campaign also got a fundraising boost after the judge in the civil fraud trial ordered Trump to pay $454 million in fines.

Immediately after the Manhattan jury convicted Trump, the campaign flooded social media with ads, spending roughly $94,900 on Facebook and Instagram ads—more than double what the Trump campaign spent on the platforms in the week leading up to the verdict, according to Meta’s ad library.

The social media ad campaign described Trump as of “political prisoner” and called May 30 a “dark day in America.” The ads quoted Trump saying he was convicted “in a rigged trial.”

Meanwhile, the former president railed against the guilty verdict in a news conference last Friday, calling the charges a “scam” and saying that the trial was “rigged.”

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