Ever since he left office in January, former President Donald Trump has shown every indication that he plans to continue to play an active role in the Republican Party, regardless of whether he runs for president again in 2024.
Trump, despite no longer having access to either the powers of the White House or his Twitter account, has made it clear that he will play an active role in Republican primaries in the 2022 midterm elections, especially against members of Congress and other elected officials who either voted for the second impeachment or otherwise failed to back Trump’s challenges to the 2020 election.
Now, we know just how much money the ex-president has at his disposal.
CNBC reported Tuesday that Save America, the political action committee controlled by Trump, has $85 million on hand as of the end of the first quarter of 2020. That number didn’t come from any public report, but rather was attributed to “a person who has direct knowledge of the matter.”
Save America reports financial totals “semi-annually,” the report said, meaning that the organization will likely disclose its exact money numbers sometime this summer.
FEC filings, per the report, showed the Save America organization having $31 million on hand as of the end of 2020, nearly all of which was raised in November and December.
There are other Trump-affiliated PACs, such as the Trump Make America Great Again Committee.
While he was banned from Twitter shortly after the Capitol riot on January 6, Trump has occasionally released statements in the form of press releases, often shared on social media by his allies. In one recent one, he called for boycotts of several entities that have taken stands about Georgia’s controversial voting law.
“It is finally time for Republicans and Conservatives to fight back—we have more people than they do—by far! Boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS, and Merck,” the former president said in one such statement. However, Trump was photographed days later with what appeared to be a Coke bottle on his desk, when former speechwriter Stephen Miller visited him at Mar-a-Lago.
Trump has also recently launched a new website called 45office.com but, as was pointed out on social media, the site contains an onerous user content policy. This follows the president spending his final months in office railing against Section 230, the 1990s provision that shields Internet companies from liability for the content posted by users. The then-president went so far as to veto the National Defense Authorization Act when it failed to include a Section 230 repeal, but the veto was overridden by Congress.
Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.