Trump campaign hauls in $1.5 million amid indictment fervor

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Former President Donald J. Trump smiles as he poses for a photo at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Tulsa, Okla. Sue Ogrocki/AP

Trump campaign hauls in $1.5 million amid indictment fervor

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Within three days of former President Donald Trump’s cryptic warning that he will be arrested Tuesday, his campaign reportedly hauled in over $1.5 million in grassroots fundraising.

Ultimately the arrest never came to fruition. Amid uproar over the prospect of an indictment being lodged against Trump, his 2024 campaign has been blasting out fundraising emails to supporters, hoping to cash in on his mounting legal predicaments. Trump’s campaign confirmed the $1.5 million boon to Fox News.


Hours after his post that he “will be arrested on Tuesday,” in which he also implored his disciples to “protest, take our nation back,” Trump followed up with a fundraising pitch.

“If you are doing poorly, as so many of you are, do not send anything. If you are doing well, which was made possible through the great policies of the Trump Administration, send your contribution,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.

His team has also harped on developments surrounding the indictment in a bid to finagle a donation frenzy. A recent fundraising email sent out to some Tuesday argued that a donation would have a “1,500% impact.”

“Barricades are being set up around Manhattan Criminal Court — as our nation awaits an announcement on whether President Donald J. Trump will be INDICTED despite having committed NO CRIME,” the fundraising email read.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office is reportedly contemplating charges against Trump concerning an alleged hush money payment wired to porn star Stormy Daniels, also known as Stephanie Gregory Clifford, during the 2016 election homestretch.

Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, wired the payment to her via a shell company with the purported intent of procuring her signature on a nondisclosure agreement to stay quiet about an alleged affair with Trump roughly a decade prior. Bragg’s team is considering pairing a misdemeanor for falsifying business records regarding reimbursement to Cohen with a campaign finance violation, per numerous reports.

From the sidelines, Trump has ruminated over ways to dial up the drama of his arrest, including by being handcuffed during his appearance and musing that he’d win reelection if he were to get shot, sources told the Guardian. He has vociferously denied wrongdoing.

A prolific fundraiser, Trump’s camp has managed to convert past predicaments, such as the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago last summer, into a fundraising bonanza.


Bragg’s office instructed a special grand jury assigned to the case to stay home Wednesday, per NBC. The panel meets Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon. An indictment of a sitting president is unprecedented, though he would not be the first to be arrested. Former President Ulysses S. Grant was arrested in 1872 for speeding.

The Washington Examiner contacted the Trump campaign for comment.

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