WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign raised more than $30 million (Dh110.18 million) in the first three months of the year, according to a campaign official, far outpacing each of the top Democratic contenders who seek to oust him from office.
The campaign is set to submit its first-quarter financial data to the Federal Election Commission and will report cash on hand of $40.8 million, according to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss figures that are not yet public.
“Excellent first quarter!” campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted Sunday, linking to an Associated Press article that highlighted the haul.
The AP reported that the Republican National Committee brought in $45.8 million in the first quarter, bringing the joint pro-Trump effort’s cash on hand to $82 million.
Trump’s fund-raising schedule has picked up in recent weeks, including stops in California, Texas and Florida.
During a donor retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, last month, Trump’s reelection effort was slated to bring in at least $7 million over the course of a weekend, a Republican Party official said. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal fund-raising figures, also said Trump’s reelection bid has had raised more than $1 million online within a 24-hour span multiple times this year. Trump’s State of the Union speech, and other days when the president highlighted border security issues, brought in loads of online donations from small-dollar donors, the official said.
Democrats vying to defeat Trump in 2020 have sought to highlight the large number of small-dollar donors powering their campaigns.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., led a growing field in the Democratic primary race in the first quarter, raising more than $18 million. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., raised about $12 million, and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke raised more than $9 million — including more than $6.1 million in the first 24 hours after announcing his bid.
Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, reportedly raised $7 million — a large haul for a newcomer to national politics.
Several Democrats have pledged not to take donations from corporations or political action committees.