Outgoing US President Donald Trump addresses guests at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on January 20, 2021.
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- Republicans and political action committees are using the FBI’s raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home to fundraise.
- “These are dark times for our Nation,” an email from Trump’s fundraising team read.
- Democratic groups have also used the search as an opportunity to increase donations.
Mere hours after the FBI searched former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on Monday, Republicans and right-wing groups used the opportunity to boost their political fundraising efforts.
A volley of emails on Monday night and Tuesday morning denounced the FBI’s search warrant — reportedly connected to classified materials that Trump allegedly brought to his Florida resort after leaving the White House — and slammed both the agency and the Biden administration.
“Biden’s FBI raided President Trump’s beautiful Florida home,” the Republican National Committee wrote in a fundraising email, adding that “it’s hard to believe it but it’s true.”
“These are dark times for our Nation,” read an email from Trump’s fundraising team. “The lawlessness, political persecution, and Witch Hunt, must be exposed and stopped.”
An email from the National Republican Senatorial Committee called the raid “unprecedented,” while Trump’s political action committee Save America and the Tea Party Patriots Action group both railed against Democrats and the Biden administration in their fundraising emails.
The National Republican Congressional Committee asked for money and said donations will matched by anonymous donors, calling the effort a “last chance” to “save” Trump.
“I’m FURIOUS! The DOJ has been WEAPONIZED,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in an email, after threatening to investigate the Justice Department and Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“We are at a PIVOTAL moment in our nation’s history,” he said. “Don’t let Biden’s DOJ get away with this!”
Rep. Jim Jordan attacked Democrats and asked for money so Republicans can secure House majority during the upcoming elections. Emails from GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Marsha Blackburn also slammed the “Democrat-controlled” FBI, asking for donations and support.
The donation drives follow a handful of other GOP lawmakers who railed against the FBI for conducting the search warrant, calling for the agency to be defunded.
Republicans, however, were not alone in using the raid to drive up donations.
Democratic political action committees — like American Bridge and Never Again — linked the raid to fundraising, praising the Justice Department and the FBI.
“We’re excited for his web of lies to unravel and for him and his friends to be brought to justice,” Never Again wrote in an email seeking $10 donations.
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