Last Thursday’s indictment of former President Donald Trump was met with outrage from some Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill, prompting some of them to use the indictment to help raise money for Trump’s reelection, the Washington Examiner reported.
In a fundraising text to supporters Thursday evening, Ohio Senator J.D. Vance blasted the indictment, calling it “unfair on so many levels.” The text message encouraged supporters to click a link to “demand” Trump’s freedom. The link redirected to a website raising money for Trump and “America First Patriots.” Some of the proceeds go to Vance’s political action committee while the rest go to the Trump Save America Joint Fundraising Committee.
Meanwhile, while appearing on Fox News Thursday, Senator Lindsey Graham urged people to go to the Trump campaign website to donate to help the 2024 presidential candidate “fight this bullsh*t.”
In a tweet on Thursday, House Republican Caucus Chair Elise Stefanik, one of the few Republican lawmakers to openly endorse Trump, also urged supporters to donate to the “Official Trump Defense Fund,” telling them to “peacefully organize” and vote to elect Donald Trump in 2024.
But it wasn’t just Trump’s allies that were asking for donations over the indictment. Democrat lawmakers were fundraising off of it as well.
California Congressman Adam Schiff, who is running for the US Senate, sent fundraising emails for his campaign using the former president’s indictment as fodder.
Meanwhile, the Senate Majority PAC solicited donations in their fight to protect the Democrat majority “from GOP extremists.”
But no one exploited the indictment to raise campaign cash more than Donald Trump himself.
In the first 24 hours after the indictment news broke, the former president’s campaign raked in over $4 million.
In a press release on Friday, the Trump Campaign boasted about its campaign haul, describing it as an “incredible surge of grassroots contributions” confirming that Trump supporters see the indictment as a “disgraceful weaponization of our justice system” by a Soros-backed prosecutor.