Despite leaving the White House, former President Donald Trump has maintained his influence within the Republican Party with new data showing that he helped Republicans rake in more than $56 million from online donors in the first six months of this year.
The sum was raised between Jan. 1 and June 30, Reuters citing the GOP’s online fundraising platform WinRed reported on Friday, July 30.
The “Trump Make America Great Again Committee,” which raises money for the Republican Party and fundraising groups controlled by the former president, brought in $34.4 million in the first half of 2021.
In addition, Trump’s own fundraising committees, and another group that raises money exclusively for them, hauled in more than $21.3 million during the period.
Most of the money came through donations of less than $50, so the total amount shows Trump maintains a powerful sway over the party’s rank-and-file even after leaving office.
The numbers also show that Trump was the strongest online fundraiser of any Republican politician. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Team Scalise followed the former president, both raising $7.8 million online during the period.
Though Trump remains the most popular politician in the Republican Party, he has not yet declared if he will run for the White House again.