Trump political groups raise over $82 million for first half of 2021

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Former President Trump's political action committees (PACs) raised more than $82 million in the first half of 2021, per Federal Election Commission filings published on Saturday.

Why it matters: It's a significant amount for a former president who's been banned from major social media platforms. It demonstrates his ability to raise huge sums of money should he choose to run for the presidency for a third time.

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  • No other former president has ever raked in nine figures for donations for a political operation, Politico notes.

Details: Trump's affiliated political committees raised nearly $82 million during from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2021, from 3.2 million contributions, according to an emailed statement from his representatives.

  • "The committees have approximately $102 million cash on hand," the statement added.

The big picture: Trump's major fund-raising arms are the Save America and Make America Great Again PACs, along with his former campaign account, which became a PAC this year.

  • Trump has so far held on to the vast majority of money raised this year, per the Washington Post, which first reported news of the PACs' fund-raising total.

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