Opinion | Trump Wants Your Money. Again.

Donald Trump simply can’t cease writing me.

“Friend, Did you see my email from a few days ago?” he requested on Tuesday. It was, I imagine, the sixth message I’d gotten from him since Labor Day — a.ok.a. Monday. All addressed to “Friend.” Now, if Trump was actually your good friend, don’t you assume he’d name you by your … title?

Anyhow, all of those letters contain fund-raising. And nice offers! Contribute any quantity to Trump’s joint fund-raising committee, Save America, and “your gift will be INCREASED by 500%.”

Extremely unclear the place that further money shall be coming from. Maybe a wealthy one who agrees to match donations, the best way some do throughout the very, very, very rather more modest fund-raising drives for locations like public radio stations? Maybe a miraculous cash tree?

“We have a CRITICAL End-of-Month fundraising deadline coming up, and each day when I ask my team who has stepped up, they NEVER mention YOUR NAME. Why is that, Friend?” the wounded former president demanded.

Once once more we’ll observe that it’d be fairly unusual to your title to come back up when no one appears to essentially know what it’s. I prefer to image somebody in a gathering asking, “Hey, what about Friend?”

To be honest, Trump is nearly an web monk now, in contrast with the best way he communicated throughout his final presidential marketing campaign. In the months earlier than the 2020 election, his supporters have been reportedly getting a mean of about 14 emails a day from his group.

Trump hasn’t stated whether or not he’ll be working once more in 2024. He’s lots busy with different stuff, like holding rallies, taking part in golf and spending the anniversary of 9/11 offering commentary for a boxing match at a Florida on line casino.

And he’s hardly the one main political title out beating the bushes for donations. Nancy Pelosi was in my inbox Wednesday with a letter decrying the brand new Texas anti-abortion regulation and with a petition on the very finish of which we be taught that Nancy “needs $981 more in the door before midnight to hit her goal.”

Kind of onerous to imagine she couldn’t simply choose up the cellphone and nail down that $981. But on the plus facet, Pelosi indicated she’d be very proud of simply $20. And she did get in my precise first title.

Pelosi’s correspondence isn’t almost as … energetic as you-know-who’s. “Please contribute ANY AMOUNT IMMEDIATELY and your gift will be INCREASED by 500%,” writes “Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States.” Just in case you’d forgotten.

Any quantity? Sextupled by magic? “There’s no way to know what they mean by that,” stated Robert Kelner, a Washington lawyer who’s an professional in marketing campaign finance points.

Well, it’s actually spectacular how pressing Trump makes all of it sound. During the Labor Day barrage he introduced that “your 400% impact offer has been extended” and that if you happen to simply “CONTRIBUTE NOW,” a $250 contribution will rely as … $1,250!

If you’re , please be sure that it occurs solely as soon as. As Shane Goldmacher reported in The Times this spring, a 63-year-old most cancers affected person in hospice donated what was nearly his final $500, after which found $three,000 had been withdrawn by the Trump marketing campaign in lower than 30 days, leaving his account empty and frozen. The marketing campaign, you see, had arrange a default system that siphoned new cash each week from donors who didn’t understand they needed to make a particular effort to decide out.

Very difficult enterprise, that. Another Trump letter contains packing containers — prechecked to your comfort — with rousing statements like: “President Trump, I need you right now. This is where we step up and show the left-wing MOB that REAL Americans are REJECTING JOE BIDEN’S corrupt agenda.” Said field quietly ends, “Make this a monthly recurring donation.”

Campaign finance is, by any measure, a depraved sophisticated matter. Mistakes do occur. In the final two and a half months of 2020, the Biden marketing campaign made 37,000 on-line refunds totaling $5.6 million. Which seems like a hell of loads till you contemplate that for a similar interval, the Trump marketing campaign and the Republican National Committee needed to problem greater than 530,000 refunds value $64.three million.

Many of the Trump emails counsel he wants cash to problem these evil, wrongheaded, “Biden won!” election outcomes. Doesn’t seem to be all that nice a authorized funding. Although in all probability higher than these lawsuits Rudy Giuliani introduced in a parking zone subsequent to a porn retailer in Philadelphia.

Some of the cash that goes to Trump’s PAC is used to underwrite his journey across the nation and — if he occurred to be within the temper — might be used to pay salaries for his relations or dear occasions at, say, a Trump lodge.

No small matter, that. Think about Trump Tower. On the one hand, it’s in even worse form than most Manhattan actual property, carrying a reputation not all that helpful as a New York model. On the opposite, his PAC has reportedly been shelling out greater than $37,000 a month for workplace area in Trump Tower. Not in any respect clear what stated area is required for, politics-wise, but when Trump ever decides to reboot “The Apprentice” with a pandemic aptitude, he’s received the set prepared.

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