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Palm Beach Fundraiser: Trump and Wife, Melania Rakes In $50M

Palm Beach Fundraiser: Trump and Wife, Melania Rakes In $50M


In a dazzling display of political fundraising prowess, former President Donald Trump and the Republican Party officially kicked off their high-dollar general election campaign on Saturday evening.

Major donors, including both vocal loyalists and those newly joining the fray, gathered at the opulent $122 million mansion of billionaire John Paulson to throw their support behind the GOP’s presumptive nominee.

For the second time this election cycle, former first lady Melania Trump made a public appearance alongside her husband.

The last time she was seen with him publicly was at a polling location in Palm Beach during Florida’s primary election day. Her presence at the fundraiser added an air of exclusivity, drawing attention from both supporters and curious onlookers.

The event, hosted by billionaire John Paulson, shattered fundraising records, bringing in more than $50 million for the Trump campaign and the Republican Party.

This impressive haul eclipsed President Joe Biden’s recent fundraiser in New York, where he was joined by former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, and they raised $26 million. Trump’s $50 million gala set a new benchmark for campaign fundraising efforts in the United States12.

Trump and the Republican Party faced a significant financial disadvantage earlier in the campaign. They entered April with $100 million less in the bank compared to the Biden campaign and the Democratic Party’s $190 million war chest.

However, Saturday’s fundraiser signaled a turning point. Wealthy Republican donors rallied behind Trump, demonstrating their confidence in his ability to close the gap with their Democratic counterparts.

Campaign spokesperson Danielle Alvarez emphasized the significance of the evening:

“It took three Democrat presidents to raise $25 million, and one president to raise over $50 million: Donald J. Trump.” The former president himself stressed the importance of November Election Day, underscoring the stakes for both parties.

As guests arrived at John Paulson’s lavish estate, Trump addressed the press, calling it an “incredible evening.”

He highlighted the collective desire to contribute to the cause of “making America great again.”

The event showcased not only Trump’s fundraising prowess but also the renewed commitment of Republican donors to secure victory in the upcoming election.

In a political landscape marked by legal battles and high stakes, Trump’s $50 million gala stands as a testament to the power of financial support.

With Melania by his side, the former president aims to reclaim the White House, armed with a formidable war chest and the unwavering backing of his party.