President Donald Trump tops the 2020 Democrats in fourth quarter fundraising numbers; Democratic campaign adviser and strategist Kevin Walling and Republican pollster John Thomas react.
President Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee brought in more than $63 million in March, bringing their first-quarter fundraising total to more than $212 million amid the coronavirus crisis.
The Trump campaign, the RNC and its authorized joint-fundraising committees (Trump Victory 2020 and Trump Make America Great Again Committee) on Monday touted their fundraising success during the first quarter of 2020 — which covered the president’s Senate impeachment trial and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new figures released Monday continue to show the campaign with a huge cash advantage over the Democrats, just as former Vice President Joe Biden becomes the party’s presumptive nominee to take on the president. The Trump campaign and RNC committees raised $56 million more than during the final quarter in 2019 – a 36 percent increase – and highlighted their $240 million total cash-on-hand.
“Americans can see President Trump leading this nation through a serious crisis and they are responding with their continued enthusiastic support for his reelection,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement Monday. “Joe Biden, Democrats, and the media continue to oppose his every action, but the people know that President Trump is fighting for them so they are fighting for him as well.”
The first quarter fundraising efforts brought their total this cycle to more than $677 million — a figure the campaign said is $270 million more than former President Barack Obama had at this point in 2012.
While the campaign and joint-fundraising committees raised more than $63 million in March, that figure represented a dip from the month prior, when they raked in more than $86 million in February — but more than their $60 million raised in January.
Democrats have yet to release their March hauls, but at the end of February, Biden’s campaign and the DNC held just roughly $20 million combined, accounting for debt held by the national party.
“President Trump’s unyielding commitment to the American people has shown time and again that he is the President we need to lead our country through the crisis and it’s clear that voters are responding to his bold leadership,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Monday. “The enthusiasm for President Trump and our Party remains strong, and we continue o be all systems go toward November.”
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the campaign and joint-fundraising committees transitioned to a “completely virtual operation in just 24 hours.” The Trump Victory fundraising committee touted nearly 1 million volunteers who were trained last month, and have made more than 17 million contacts since March 13.