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President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign has raised $30 million in the first three months of 2019, slamming any Democratic hopefuls at a 2020 shot. The campaign filed re-election Federal Election Commission paperwork earlier than any president in history.

The Trump campaign team said almost 99 percent of donations were $200 or less, and an average donation of $34.26.

The Republican National Committee has put their full force between Trump’s re-election campaign and matched the campaign’s fundraising. The RNC brought in $45.8 million in their first quarter. According to the RNC, this was the best non-election fundraising effort. Combining the campaign and RNC fundraising efforts, the team has $76.1 million and have $82 million cash on hand.

In a statement, the GOP said, “Independently, the Trump campaign now has approximately 21 times more cash on hand than the Obama Campaign had at this point in the re-election cycle.”

While putting fundraising in full force, the campaign has also been focused on its grassroots efforts. The campaign reported that it has brought more than 1 million new donors (since November 8, 2016) and collected 100,00 small donors in 2019.

The campaign has already begun hiring state directors and has begun spending money through the campaign committee. The 2020 campaign team, RNC and joint fundraising committees have also “spent big on digital advertising the year to attract new donors on Facebook and Google.”

Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager said, “Trump is in a vastly stronger position at this point than any previous incumbent president running for re-election, and only continues to build momentum.”

DEMOCRAT PRIMARY CHALLENGERS

Compared to the growing Democratic primary field, progressives have a long way to go to court donors and raise enough small-dollar contributions to level the playing field.

In the first quarter, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) raised approximately $18.2 million, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced she raised $12 million, and Texan Beto O’Rouke reported $9.4 million raised.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced his formal run for president on Sunday in his home state. Because Buttigieg recently announced, there is no indication of how well his fundraising efforts are going.

Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her AIM border stories, @MarissaAlisa.




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