CAMPAIGN FINANCE/LEGAL: “Donald Trump has turned his Georgia mugshot into a record-breaking fundraising haul. The former president has raised $7.1 million since he was booked at an Atlanta jail Thursday evening, according to figures provided first to POLITICO by his campaign. On Friday alone, Trump raised $4.18 million, making it the single-highest 24-hour period of […]

Read More… from 8/26/2023


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/LEGAL: “Trump took in over $53 million since the start of 2023, records show, a period in which his two criminal indictments in Florida and New York were turned into a rallying cry that sent his fundraising soaring. Yet the Republican presidential front-runner burned through at least $42.8 million this year, much of it […]

Read More… from 8/1/2023


2024 ELECTION/CAMPAIGN FINANCE: “A wave of big-dollar Wall Street donors are putting their money against former President Trump in the Republican presidential primary, according to Federal Elections Commission reports covering the past three months. The donors have made significant contributions to Trump’s opponents, namely Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and […]

Read More… from 7/17/2023


2022 MIDTERM ELECTION/CAMPAIGN FINANCE: “With Election Day fast approaching and some Donald Trump-endorsed Republican nominees battling in highly competitive and high-profile races, the former president is dipping into his massive war chest to make some sizable investments to back those candidates. After facing complaints that the GOP’s most ferocious fundraiser had failed to spread his […]

Read More… from 10/27/2022


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/INVESTIGATIONS: “The committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot said that former President Donald Trump’s campaign fundraised off of baseless allegations of election fraud but spent very little of the money on legal action. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., said Monday morning [June 13, 2022] that the House select committee would show ‘that the Trump […]

Read More… from 6/13/2022


2020 ELECTION/CAMPAIGN FINANCE/FEC: “Federal regulators have deadlocked on a complaint that Donald Trump’s 2020 White House campaign laundered hundreds of millions of dollars in spending through corporate entities closely tied to the ex-president and his family, according to a ruling document obtained by Insider… Had the FEC ruled against the Trump campaign, Trump’s committee could […]

Read More… from 5/16/2022


2024 ELECTION/CAMPAIGN FINANCE/UKRAINE/VLADIMIR PUTIN: “[In an interview with Piers Morgan,] Trump dropped one of the biggest hints yet that he will run for President in 2024, stating: ‘For reasons of campaign finance I can’t say but I think people are going to be very happy [with my decision].’ […] Calling Putin a ‘genocidal monster,’ Trump […]

Read More… from 4/25/2022


2024 ELECTION/CAMPAIGN FINANCE/PAC: “A Democratic super PAC said it is filing a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission… The complaint uses Mr. Trump’s own words about a 2024 run — ‘I know what I’m going to do, but we’re not supposed to be talking about it yet from the standpoint of campaign finance laws,’ he […]

Read More… from 3/14/2022


2020 ELECTION/CAMPAIGN FINANCE/PAC/TRUMP POST-PRESIDENCY: “Six months since leaving office, former President Donald Trump is sitting on a $102 million war chest… A review of election filings from Make America Great Again PAC, Save America PAC, and the Save America Joint Fundraising Committee show that not a single penny was transferred or contributed from those Trump-affiliated […]

Read More… from 8/3/2021


2020 ELECTION/CAMPAIGN FINANCE/TRUMP CAMPAIGN: “Former President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign issued a staggering sum of $122.7 million in refunds to supporters in 2020, giving back nearly 11% of the money it raised… Beginning last summer, the Trump campaign and the company that processed its online donations, WinRed, began to initiate the use of pre-checked recurring […]

Read More… from 4/3/2021


CAMPAIGN: “I could be the king of all fundraisers. I would be the greatest that ever lived, the President of the United States. All they have to do is give me a list of the top hundred companies. I’ll call the president of everyone. They will pay me whatever I want. I would set every […]

Read More… from 10/20/2020


CAMPAIGN FINANCE: “As your President, I could have been the greatest fundraiser of all time. You know you see these numbers that they’re in. They raised $300 million, do you know why? When they raise money, that’s a deal. They’re making deals. I would be the single greatest fundraiser in history. I’ll call up the […]

Read More… from 10/18/2020


2020 ELECTION/CAMPAIGN FINANCE/JOE BIDEN: “Joe Biden is closing the fundraising and cash reserves gap with President Donald Trump, the campaigns’ latest Federal Election Commission filings show – indicating that the former vice president is capitalizing on improving polling numbers for the 2020 election. Biden’s campaign committee alone raised more than $63 million in June, while […]

Read More… from 7/22/2020


2020 ELECTION/CAMPAIGN FINANCE/JOE BIDEN: “Democratic challenger Joe Biden outraised President Donald Trump by $10 million in June, marking the second straight month the former vice president posted a greater campaign fundraising haul than the Republican incumbent. Biden and the Democratic National Committee’s fundraising arm jointly raised more than $141 million in June, his campaign said […]

Read More… from 7/2/2020


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/ELECTION/GOP/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is throwing his financial might behind President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. Adelson, a multi-billionaire who is the Republican Party’s most prominent giver, is slated to host a March 12 fundraiser for Trump at his palatial Las Vegas home, according to two people familiar with […]

Read More… from 2/19/2020


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/DEMS/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Democrats are riding a massive surge of presidential campaign cash into 2020, boosting the party’s hopes of taking back the White House. Their leading candidates for president faced criticism last year from party veterans alarmed by tepid early fundraising totals. But they finished up 2019 raking in cash from fired-up donors: […]

Read More… from 1/2/2020


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/DEMS/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign announced Thursday [1-2-20] that it raised $46 million during the final three months of 2019 and had nearly $103 million on hand — a massive total at the start of the election year. The quarterly total, which the campaign described as its largest yet, underscores how […]

Read More… from 1/2/2020


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Sohrab Ahmari, New York Post ‘The Trump Campaign raised $10 million in the two days following the impeachment (Scam) vote. It seems the Democrats have shot themselves in the foot in one more way. They set up a process they know is not going to lead to the Presidents removal, &…” […]

Read More… from 1/2/2020


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/ELECTION/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign raised $46 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, a major haul that was boosted by a surge of donations in the wake of the Democrats’ impeachment bid, a senior campaign official said on Thursday. The sum gives Trump a fundraising edge over a host of […]

Read More… from 1/2/2020


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/IMPEACHMENT/LEGAL/RUDY GIULIANI/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Two foreign-born Florida businessmen who helped U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, investigate political rival Joe Biden pleaded not guilty on Wednesday [10-23-19] to illegally funneling money to a pro-Trump election committee and other politicians. Ukraine-born Lev Parnas and Belarus-born Igor Fruman entered their not guilty pleas […]

Read More… from 10/23/2019


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/ELECTION/GOP/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee raised a combined $125 million over the past three months, Trump’s campaign announced Tuesday [10-1-19]— a massive total that disturbed some Democrats who believe their party should be more focused on countering Trump’s head start in the 2020 presidential election. The […]

Read More… from 10/1/2019


CALIFORNIA/CAMPAIGN FINANCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s resurgent obsession with California and its policy machinations boils down to money — specifically, raising as much cash as possible from the state’s under-the-radar Republican base. The president keeps talking up California’s problems like environmental regulations and homelessness to show the West Coast’s well-heeled donors that he is […]

Read More… from 9/20/2019


BOYCOTTS/CAMPAIGN FINANCE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Dressed in workout clothes, Lulu Hall hovered by the front door of the SoulCycle studio while fighting back tears. She had already signed up for Thursday’s [8-8-19] 10 a.m. indoor-cycling fitness class when she learned that Stephen Ross, the chairman of the Related Companies, whose principals own majority stakes in SoulCycle and […]

Read More… from 8/8/2019


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/INVESTIGATIONS/MICHAEL COHEN/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge in Manhattan disclosed on Wednesday [7-17-19] that prosecutors have concluded their investigation into campaign finance violations involving President Trump and ordered that they publicly release some of their files, a new twist in a case that had threatened to upend the Trump presidency. The judge’s order […]

Read More… from 7/17/2019


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/INVESTIGATIONS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Federal prosecutors have intensified their wide-ranging federal investigation into Elliott Broidy, a top fund-raiser for President Trump, signaling the Justice Department’s continued interest in questions about foreign influence on the administration. In recent months, federal authorities have searched Mr. Broidy’s Southern California office and subpoenaed records related to him from a […]

Read More… from 7/8/2019


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/ELECTION/GOP/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee raised $105 million in the second quarter of 2019, the RNC announced Tuesday [7-2-19]. That number, first reported by The New York Times, eclipses the roughly $85 million in contributions then-President Barack Obama’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised during […]

Read More… from 7/2/2019


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/DEMS/ELECTION/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Spending on political advertising is projected to smash all-time records in 2020 as President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent battle for control of the White House. Advertising Analytics, a political ad-tracking firm, expects the total cost of TV and digital ads for the next election to hit over $6 billion […]

Read More… from 7/2/2019


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I am pleased to announce the launch of https://t.co/D1MY2aPC7f. This new platform will allow my campaign and other Republicans to compete with the Democrats money machine. This has been a priority of mine and I’m pleased to share that it is up and running! #KeepAmericaGreat” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 24, 2019 […]

Read More… from 6/24/2019


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/CANADA/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A campaign finance watchdog group filed a complaint on Tuesday [5-21-19] against a Canadian billionaire alleging that he violated a federal ban on contributions by foreigners when his United States-based company donated $1.75 million last year to a political committee supporting President Trump’s agenda. The complaint was filed by the […]

Read More… from 5/21/2019


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Thursday [3-7-19] revived his past defenses that he did not violate campaign finance laws, rejecting testimony from his former lawyer Michael Cohen, who said the president reimbursed him for an illegal hush-money payment…It is unclear what prompted the president’s defense. Cohen, the president’s longtime fixer, testified […]

Read More… from 3/7/2019


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP FAMILY: “Kamala Harris received money from Donald Trump as recently as six years ago. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner hosted a Park Avenue fundraiser for Cory Booker. Kirsten Gillibrand took in Trump family donations three times across a seven-year period — and then gave a similar amount of money to a […]

Read More… from 3/5/2019


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump wants to raise $1 billion for his reelection. But his top advisers worry that the super PAC at the center of that effort is hurting, lacking a high-wattage leader who can cajole millionaire and billionaire donors to fork over huge sums. Trump political aides, members of the president’s […]

Read More… from 3/1/2019


2016 ELECTION/CAMPAIGN FINANCE/CONGRESS/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The dramatic public testimony to Congress on Wednesday [2-27-19] morning by President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, could intensify the legal issues facing the president in the criminal and civil investigations that are swirling around him, legal experts said. Mr. Cohen’s testimony before the House Oversight and Reform […]

Read More… from 2/27/2019


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/ELECTION/GOP/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Republican National Committee brought in $15.5 million in January and ended the month with $28.6 million cash on hand as it prepared for President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, according to a new campaign finance disclosure. The committee spent more than $300 million during the midterm election cycle helping Republicans, […]

Read More… from 2/20/2019


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/LEGAL/NEW JERSEY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee received a sweeping request for financial records this week from prosecutors in New Jersey, the second subpoena the group has received in as many weeks as its fundraising and spending draws mounting scrutiny. The committee said Friday that it is in contact with the New […]

Read More… from 2/15/2019


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/INVESTIGATIONS/NEW JERSEY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “New Jersey’s attorney general has stepped into the investigation of President Trump’s $107 million presidential inaugural fund, issuing an administrative subpoena for the fund’s financial records, including any that document fund-raising in the state. The action, taken last week by the state’s consumer protection office, came on the heels of […]

Read More… from 2/15/2019


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/DEMS/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Democratic lawmakers pressed the National Rifle Association for more information around millions of dollars in donations the group funneled towards the campaigns of President Donald Trump and Republican congressional candidates in a letter to the NRA’s president Wednesday [2-6-19]. The letter, from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. Jamie Raskin, follows a […]

Read More… from 2/7/2019


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/CONGRESS/DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump accused Democrats on Thursday [2-7-19] morning of ‘presidential harassment’ over congressional investigations into his finances, and he mocked Virginia politicians whose jobs are in peril after revelations they appeared in blackface. Then, the president went to the annual National Prayer Breakfast, where he implored attendees to open up to […]

Read More… from 2/7/2019


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/DEMS/OBAMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Many people currently a part of my opposition, including President Obama & the Dems, have had campaign violations, in some cases for very large sums of money. These are civil cases. They paid a fine & settled. While no big deal, I did not commit a campaign violation!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, […]

Read More… from 1/5/2019


2016 ELECTION/CAMPAIGN FINANCE/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is denying that President Donald Trump had any knowledge of possible malfeasance by his inaugural committee, which is reportedly under investigation for misusing funds…The response comes after The Wall Street Journal reported earlier on Thursday [12-13-18] that federal prosecutors in Manhattan were investigating […]

Read More… from 12/14/2018


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Donald Trump attended an August 2015 meeting that federal prosecutors believe was central to a criminal scheme to violate campaign finance laws to help Trump win the presidency, according to a source familiar with the matter. According to court filings, Trump was joined by Michael Cohen, who was his attorney […]

Read More… from 12/13/2018


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “President Donald Trump on Thursday [12-13-18] disputed claims by former lawyer Michael Cohen that he engaged in ‘dirty deeds’ that included hush payments to two women to keep them quiet during the 2016 campaign…Wednesday, a federal judge sentenced Cohen to three years in prison for campaign finance violations, tax evasion […]

Read More… from 12/13/2018


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “President Donald Trump on Thursday [12-13-18] ended his silence on Michael Cohen’s prison sentencing, claiming he never directed his longtime attorney to break the law and that he bears no responsibility for Cohen’s campaign finance violations. In his first tweets since Cohen was sentenced to three years for a series […]

Read More… from 12/13/2018


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….stated that I did nothing wrong with respect to campaign finance laws, if they even apply, because this was not campaign finance. Cohen was guilty on many charges unrelated to me, but he plead to two campaign charges which were not criminal and of which he probably was not…” -Donald […]

Read More… from 12/13/2018


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/LEGAL/RUDY GIULIANI/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Federal prosecutors are investigating whether U.S. President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee misspent some of the record $107 million it raised from donors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday [12-13-18], citing people it said were familiar with the matter. The early-stage investigation by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office is examining […]

Read More… from 12/13/2018


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “President Donald Trump offered a simple defense Thursday [12-13-18] to accusations he broke campaign finance law by directing attorney Michael Cohen to orchestrate hush-money payments to conceal Trump’s alleged affairs: He was following terrible advice from a bad lawyer…The advice-of-counsel defense is a real thing. But Trump’s ability to use […]

Read More… from 12/13/2018


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/LEGAL/MEDIA/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “U.S. President Donald Trump offered up a handful of legal arguments in a series of tweets on Thursday [12-13-18] distancing himself from former personal attorney Michael Cohen, who was sentenced to prison on Wednesday [12-12-18] for arranging 2016 hush-money payments to women who say they had affairs with the married […]

Read More… from 12/13/2018


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/MEDIA/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Abandoned by two of his most powerful protectors, President Donald Trump insisted Thursday [12-13-18] that he did not violate campaign finance laws and that the liability for hush-money payments to two women alleging affairs with him rests with his former fixer, Michael Cohen. Both Cohen and American Media Inc., the […]

Read More… from 12/12/2018


2016 ELECTION/CAMPAIGN FINANCE/MEDIA/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday [12-12-18] for crimes including orchestrating hush payments to women in violation of campaign laws before the 2016 election, and he promised to keep cooperating with the U.S. government against his former boss. […]

Read More… from 12/12/2018


2016 ELECTION/CAMPAIGN FINANCE/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “President Trump defended himself on Monday against prosecutors’ accusation that he directed illegal payments ahead of the 2016 election to two women to stay silent about alleged extramarital affairs with him, insisting that the payments were ‘a simple private transaction’ — not election-related spending subject to campaign-finance laws. In […]

Read More… from 12/10/2018


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/OBAMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Monday [12-10-18] sought to downplay the campaign-finance crimes of his former attorney Michael Cohen by returning to a theme he’s sounded before: Comparing Cohen’s actions to a civil violation of federal election law by President Barack Obama’s first campaign. Legal experts say there’s no comparison between […]

Read More… from 12/10/2018


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A political group aiming to be a megaphone for President Donald Trump’s policies raised $26 million in its first year in operation, new disclosures show, the vast majority of which came in through a political nonprofit that does not have to reveal its donors. The group, America First, consists of two parts […]

Read More… from 11/15/2018


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Donald J. Trump’s first campaign finance report in July 2015 revealed a shoestring operation run by a handful of loyalists working from a two-room suite in Trump Tower and funded almost entirely by $1.8 million in loans from the candidate. More than three years later, the picture is starkly different. Reports […]

Read More… from 10/17/2018


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/ELECTION/GOP/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump’s campaign more than doubled its spending over the past three months as the president worked to rev up the Republican base ahead of next month’s midterm elections through a series of rallies and online appeals. The increased spending — much of which was done through an opaque new corporate […]

Read More… from 10/15/2018


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/MICHAEL COHEN/TAXES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “The federal campaign finance and tax evasion case that is embroiling the White House began in the unlikeliest of places: the world of supermarket tabloids. It is populated by porn stars and Playboy models, shadowy ‘story brokers’ and the ultra rich and powerful, who can buy back their secrets on […]

Read More… from 8/22/2018


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/MICHAEL COHEN/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/WOMEN: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday [8-22-18] defended hush money payments made during the 2016 campaign to silence two women who claimed affairs with him, saying the payments did not violate campaign finance laws because they were not funded by his campaign. His attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty Tuesday […]

Read More… from 8/22/2018


CAMPAIGN FINANCE/LEGAL/MICHAEL COHEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday [8-22-18] he found out only after the fact about payments his then-lawyer Michael Cohen made to silence two women who said they had had affairs with Trump, adding that the money came from him and not his campaign..Cohen, in pleading guilty to eight […]

Read More… from 8/22/2018