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Trump’s election campaign received an additional $50 million from a donor

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign received a $50m (£39.5m) donation from conservative billionaire Timothy Mellon, a federal filing shows.

A Super-Pac fund called “MAGA Inc” disclosed to the Federal Election Commission that it received more than $68 million from donors last month.

Reuters reported that Mr. Mellon, heir to the Pittsburgh-based Mellon banking family, put up $50 million. Another $10 million came from billionaires Liz and Dick Uihlein.

US media reported that Mr. Mellon sent the donation a day after Mr. Trump was convicted of 34 counts of falsifying business records in his trial for demanding hush money in New York.

Mr Mellon was also the largest donor to independent presidential candidate Robert F Kennedy Jr, giving the pro-Kennedy Super-Pac American Values ​​organization at least $20 million.

Super-Pacs are independent “political action committees” that can raise unlimited amounts of money to support an election candidate.

Mellon’s donation has helped pro-Trump allies outspend US President Joe Biden’s allies on the campaign in recent weeks.

Mr. Mellon, who lives in Wyoming and is rarely photographed, is an amateur pilot who has invested in and led transportation-related companies.

Forbes estimates the Mellon family is worth about $14.1 billion.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that billionaire Mike Bloomberg gave nearly $20 million to Super-Pacs supporting Biden.

Mr. Bloomberg’s contributions included $19 million to an independent pro-Biden group called Future Forward, or FF PAC.

Another $900,000 was given to the Biden Victory Fund, which is a combination of the Biden campaign and Democratic Party committees.

The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On Thursday, the pro-Kennedy Super-Pac reported that it collected only about $280,000 last month and that none of it came from Mr. Mellon.


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