Accuracy in Media

The New York Times admitted that President Donald Trump’s 2020 fundraising prowess was better than where former President Obama was in 2012 cycle in its article, “Trump and RNC Raised $105 Million in 2nd Quarter, Outdoing Obama.”

The Times’ Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman wrote: “[T]he amount of money that was both raised and stored away will be daunting for Mr. Trump’s eventual challenger … Mr. Trump rose to the presidency with fewer staff members and less money than his opponent, Hillary Clinton. This time, he will have the Republican Party’s fund-raising mechanism, as well as the powers of the presidency, bolstering his raw personal appeal to his base, even as he tries to present himself as the outsider to the political establishment that he once was.”

Compared to Obama, the Times notes “In 2011, during the same period, Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign raised $47 million, and the Democratic National Committee brought in $38 million, Jim Messina, the Obama campaign manager, said at the time. The comparisons are not perfect because a 2014 Supreme Court case and other legal changes allowed candidates and parties to form joint fundraising committees that can accept single donations of hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

The Times also reported that Republicans had unprecedented success last quarter in obtaining smaller donors: “Trump campaign officials said they received 725,000 individual donations online, with supporters giving an average of $48 — small-donor enthusiasm that was unprecedented in Republican politics, according to a committee official, who noted it was the first time the Republican National Committee attracted a larger share of donations under $200 than the Democratic National Committee.”

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