He was booked at Fulton County Jail in Georgia on Thursday on charges that he schemed to overturn the 2020 election result in the state.
Spokesman Steven Cheung said that, on Friday alone, the presidential campaign brought in more than £3million – its highest-grossing day to date.
The total is now £5.6million. The record haul shows how Trump’s legal woes have been a fundraising boon despite his political operation spending tens of millions of dollars on his defence.
The mounting legal charges have also failed to dent Trump’s standing in the Republican presidential primary, with the former president now routinely beating his rivals by 30 to 50 points in polls.
Trump described his appearance on Thursday as a “terrible experience” and said posing for the mugshot was “not a comfortable feeling.”
But his campaign immediately seized on its fundraising power. Before he had even flown home to New Jersey, it was being used in fundraising pitches to supporters.
Trump amplified that message both on his Truth Social website and by returning to X (formerly known as Twitter) for the first time in two-and-a-half years to share the image.
Within hours, the campaign had also released a new line of merchandise featuring it on T-shirts, bumper stickers, a signed poster and, of course, mugs.
Contributions from those who had purchased merchandise or who had donated without prompting skyrocketed.
They had helped to push the campaign’s fundraising haul over the last three weeks to close to £16million.
Trump has already been indicted in Washington on felony charges over his alleged efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election in the run-up to the riot by his supporters at the US Capitol.
His political operation has been burning through tens of millions of dollars on lawyers as he battles charges in four separate jurisdictions.
While Trump raised over £42million during the first half of this year, his political committees have paid out at least £47.6million to more than 100 lawyers and law firms since January 2021.
Source : https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1806641/trump-mugshot-money-campaign