Trump’s Campaign Fund-Raising in First Weeks of 2024 Race Is Relatively Weak

The campaign’s payroll includes 21 people, including Lynne Patton, a former Trump administration official, and Walt Nauta, a former White House Navy valet.

Nauta, who also came to work for Trump after leaving the White House, is one of a number of Trump aides interested in the Justice Department’s investigation into the case. store more than 300 confidential documentsand hundreds of other presidential records, at Mar-a-Lago.

The Trump campaign paid $30,000 to a company owned by Boris Epshteyn, Mr. Trump’s legal adviser who has identified himself as an insider on a number of issues, and reported that the company Mr. Epshteyn’s company owes another $20,000.

And, as has happened with every filing since he became a candidate in 2015, payments to Mr. Trump’s clubs. That means Mr. Trump’s campaign has effectively paid for meals, rent and other expenses for Mr. Trump’s clubs.

There is a $1,122 fee for his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., as well as $68,700 for Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach resort and residence, for catering and rental, both of which appear to be for Mr. Trump on 11/15 kick-off. There are also two separate meal reimbursement fees of $48.44 to the club.

The Save America joint fundraising committee appears to have handled Trump’s fundraising-related expenses, including about $260,000 in fees for WinRed, a company that handles online donations for Republicans. and over $1 million for the email company Open Sesame.

Beth Hansen, a Republican strategist and former Ohio governor and John Kasich presidential campaign manager, described Trump’s total fundraising in an interview as “anemic” for a former president.

She said the slow pace seems to reflect that Mr. Trump has become less attractive to voters.

Ms Hansen said: “The brand he has is very appealing to people who are sick and tired of the status quo and sick and tired of being told they are wrong. “I just don’t think we’re there as a country anymore. And he can’t get away from it – his brand is too strong.”

Neil Vigdor and Rachel Shorey contribution report.


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