This chart below compares the more than $ 200 contribution to Trump-aligned committees to the Joe Biden-elected chairman-aligned committees. Trump’s donors kept giving and giving, especially right after Nov. 3 election day.
Trump’s campaign account alone generated $ 183 million in revenue between October 15 and November 23, in the period covered by the latest submissions to the Federal Election Commission.
That’s more than double the $ 86 million Trump took in and Barack Obama reported a $ 88 million increase in post-election reports submitted after his campaigns won in 2016 and 2012, according to the non-party Campaign Finance Institute. statistics.
“If you looked at those numbers in fact – you don’t know who won or lost – you’d think Trump won,” said Brendan Glavin, the Institute’s chief data analyst.
Despite a series of court defeats, Trump refused to admit he lost against Biden.
Thursday’s submissions also show that since October 15, roughly $ 873,000 has been spent on Trump’s properties and businesses from five committees affiliated with Trump, including to stay in the president’s hotels and rent space at the Trump Tower.
Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, also received about $ 1,550 from Trump Victory as travel expenses.
Speaking of reports …
Trump’s campaign reported spending about $ 8.8 million on recount-related expenses during the fundraising period, including $ 2.6 million for legal advice.
Biden’s campaign did not report expenses specifically related to recalculations. The Trump campaign paid 52 different law firms, attorneys, and consulting firms for legal advice related to the recount – including $ 30,000 to Jenna Ellis. Ellis, a former Colorado prosecutor who has become the public face of the campaign’s efforts to question the integrity of the vote.
No direct payments were reported to Rudy Giuliani or Sidney Powell, two other attorneys involved in legal proceedings. The campaign has since divorced Powell.
The recount eventually increased Biden’s margin by 87 votes. The Trump campaign is currently challenging the Wisconsin results in court.
Other major players in the Trump world were also paid in the weeks following election day.
Corey Lewandowski, former Trump campaign manager, received about $ 2,860 for an “event refund” during the 2016 election on Nov. 5, the day he held a bomb press conference in front of the Philadelphia poll count center.
Biden has amassed a lot in the presidency competition, committing more than $ 112 million between Oct. 15 and Nov. 23, according to new announcements.
He spent this and more – burning more than $ 272 million on the road to the White House. The crowd turned to advertising.
But his campaign also spent nearly $ 880,000 to withdraw a short-term presidential bid from the campaign’s remaining chamber, Kamala Harris.
Biden and Harris ended the campaign with high-profile concerts by Lady Gaga and John Legend in Pennsylvania’s key battlefield. It came with a price tag: The campaign paid $ 144,600 to Lady Gaga’s company, Mermaid Touring, for shipping costs.
The 2020 Senate tournaments raised huge sums, even due to the loss of candidates. Just think of South Carolina, where three-year-old Republican Senator Lindsey Graham raised $ 109 million, which in U.S. history has been collected by all the senators in office, and most by the Republican Senate candidate.
Graham’s cargo exceeds the $ 85.2 million reported by Republican Senator Rick Scott during his self-funded campaign in 2018, said Glavin, an analyst at the Campaign Finance Institute.
Graham’s democratic rival, Jaime Harrison, raised even more – a total of $ 132 million – in his failed bid. Graham overthrew the Democrat in double digits and highlighted his biggest volume to other Republicans in a press release. Graham said he has sent $ 1 million since election day to facilitate his party’s Senate campaign with twins running in Georgia.
The Federal Electoral Commission’s submissions this week offer a final clash in another high-profile race that ended in the defeat of a Democrat. In Kentucky, Democrat Amy McGrath raised more than $ 96 million in her failed bid to expel Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the chamber’s top Republican.
By comparison, McConnell raised more than $ 66 million during the two-year election cycle.
McGrath recently launched a super PAC – the Democratic Majority Action – to mobilize its donor legions and help Democrats in the Georgian Senate. Super PACs linked to McConnell – the Senate Leadership Fund and American Crossroads – already dominate spending in Georgian races.
Sheldon Adelson’s big bet
New submissions show casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson continued to spend a lot on Trump’s re-election and helped Republicans retain the Senate.
Adelson and his wife, Miriam, together offered $ 15 million to Preserve America, which was a pro-Trump super PAC in the declining days of the campaign. The couple also donated $ 10 million to the Senate Leadership Fund aligned with McConnell.
Overall, the Adelsons ’contribution to this cycle has exceeded $ 210 million, making them among the largest political donors in 2020.
CNN’s Sergio Hernandez contributed to this story.