Trump Campaign Breaks Fundraising Record With $52.8 Million After Guilty Verdict

Former President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party raised a staggering $52.8 million in the six hours following his conviction on 34 felony counts in the Manhattan hush money trial on Thursday. The fundraising blitz represents more than half of what they had raised in the entire month of April.

The campaign said that the majority of the funds came from small-dollar donors, with 30% being new contributors to WinRed, the GOP’s fundraising platform. The record-breaking haul comes less than two weeks after Trump reported a higher monthly fundraising total than President Joe Biden for the first time in 2024.

A CBS News analysis of Trump’s fundraising through April found that he has consistently received an influx of donations following key moments in his legal battles, including his arraignment in New York City, the release of his mugshot in Georgia, and his indictments by federal grand juries in Florida and Washington, D.C.

Between the conviction and Friday afternoon, the Trump campaign spent at least $94,900 on Facebook and Instagram ads, more than double what they had spent in the week leading up to the trial’s conclusion. The ads paint Trump as a “political prisoner” and urge supporters to “NEVER SURRENDER” under a photo of his mugshot that had previously helped him raise millions.

Trump has consistently pointed out the obvious culprits behind these politically motivated attacks by Democrats to weaken his campaign, a narrative he has doubled down on in the wake of the guilty verdict. In remarks at Trump Tower on Friday, he railed against the trial as “rigged” and called the charges a “scam.”