Oct 4, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Trump campaign says it raised more than $45.5 million in third quarter

Former President Trump addresses the press during a lunch break on the third day of his civil fraud trial at New York State Supreme Court on Oct. 4 in New York City. Photo: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

Former President Trump's campaign said Wednesday that it raised more than $45.5 million during the third quarter, a blitz that his campaign attributed to "overwhelming grassroots support."

By the numbers: The campaign said that it has more than $37.5 million cash on hand entering October, with $36 million designated for use in the primary.

The big picture: Trump has aggressively fund-raised off his mounting legal troubles, bringing in millions alone after the release of his mug shot in Fulton County.

  • Trump's third quarter fund-raising blitz, an improvement from the previous period, gives him a financial edge as he maintains his strong lead over his Republican rivals in primary polling.
  • His campaign said it raised $35 million during the second quarter of the year.

Between the lines: The third-quarter fundraising was raised through Trump's joint fund-raising committee, which includes both his official campaign and the Save America political action committee, CNN reports.

  • The campaign's announcement did not say how much of the fund-raising went to the campaign and how much went to the PAC.
  • Representatives for the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment on this.

Of note: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' 2024 campaign raised $15 million during the third quarter, a campaign spokesperson told Axios earlier on Wednesday.

  • The DeSantis campaign has $5 million cash on hand that could be spent on the primary, the New York Times reported.

What to watch: All candidates have until Oct. 15 to publicly disclose their fundraising and spending totals from the third quarter.

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