Senator Amy Klobuchar is pressing for legislation after a Times investigation showed that the use of prechecked boxes for recurring donations by former President Donald Trump’s campaign led to a surge of refunds.
Online donors were guided into weekly recurring contributions. Demands for refunds spiked. Complaints to banks and credit card companies soared. But the money helped keep Donald Trump’s struggling campaign afloat.
The picture that emerged in new campaign finance reports was of Donald J. Trump waging a public relations effort to falsely argue that he had won the election rather than mounting a serious legal push.
The Trump campaign is now automatically checking a box to create recurring weekly donations from supporters until mid-December.
The total cost of the races for the White House, the Senate and the House is expected to hit nearly $14 billion.
Mitch McConnell has a tricky needle to thread.
The fund-raising total would exceed previous monthly hauls and is more than double what the former vice president raised in July.
In May, Mr. Biden passed President Trump in fund-raising for the first time. A surge in donations has helped cut into the president’s financial advantage.
Progressive and racial justice groups have seen a cascade of donations since George Floyd’s death and the ensuing protests. Bail funds alone have received $90 million.
With money flowing to candidates, bail funds and charities, the Democrats’ online donor platform processed over $40 million between Friday and Sunday, a sign of strength for the party.