CNN: The House can impeach Donald Trump, but it can’t stop him from fundraising in the future
01.11.2021 / By Fredreka Schouten
CNN: The House can impeach Donald Trump, but it can't stop him from fundraising in the future
(CNN) – House Democrats on Monday pushed ahead with their effort to have President Donald Trump impeached, convicted in the Senate and disqualified from ever holding federal office again over last week’s siege on the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.
But even in the unlikely event that two-thirds of senators would agree to convict Trump, there’s little to stop him from continuing to ask his supporters for money in the months and years ahead, campaign finance experts say.
Disqualification “has no bearing on the political committee money he already has raised, and it would have no bearing on his ability to continue to raise money into a political committee,” said Paul S. Ryan, a top lawyer with the watchdog group Common Cause. …
In addition to his presidential campaign committee, Trump already has established a post-presidency vehicle — the Save America political action committee — that can help underwrite his expenses, fund travel and staff and support like-minded candidates.
And experts say Trump, as a non-candidate, would be free to launch other fundraising arms with even fewer legal guardrails on his activity than his current committees. Running a super PAC, for instance, would give Trump the option to spend unlimited amounts of money and take contributions of any size, including an in-kind donation of his campaign’s data about its donors.
Although Twitter’s decision Friday night to permanently ban Trump from its platform immediately cut the President off from his 88.7 million followers, Trump and his campaign committee still have “an enormously valuable asset in their email list,” Ryan said.