Democrats and their friends in the media have been bragging for weeks about how much money some of the 2020 hopefuls have raised so far. But Trump has outpaced them all, raising a massive $30 million in the first quarter of 2019.
FOX News reports:
Trump campaign raked in over $30M in first quarter
President Trump’s re-election campaign raised $30.3 million in the first quarter of this year, far pacing the leading fundraisers among the Democrats, Fox News confirmed Sunday.
The Trump campaign said nearly 99 percent of its donations were of $200 or less, with an average donation of $34.26. In all, the campaign had $40.8 million cash on hand, an unprecedented war chest for an incumbent president this early in the campaign.
Trump’s fundraising ability was matched by the Republican National Committee, which brought in $45.8 million in the first quarter — its highest non-election year total. Combined, the pro-Trump effort reported $82 million in the bank. The numbers were reported first by The Associated Press.
Trump formally launched his reelection effort just hours after taking office in 2017, earlier than any incumbent had in prior years. By contrast, former President Barack Obama launched his 2012 effort in April 2011 and had under $2 million on hand at this point in the campaign. Obama went on to raise more than $720 million for his reelection. Trump’s reelection effort has set a $1 billion target for 2020.
Trump is in better shape right now than Obama was heading into his reelection campaign.
Trump far surpassing Obama in fundraising at this point in his presidency. Obama did not begin collecting money in earnest for his re-election until April 2011, and had less than $2 million in available cash at this point for 2012 run. https://t.co/0RGIzpFw1J
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 15, 2019
Just last week, the left was making fun of a Trump fundraiser… because there were no celebrities there.
From the Daily Beast:
‘No Celebrities’: Embarrassing Turnout at Trump’s Beverly Hills Fundraiser
Late Friday afternoon, Donald Trump landed in Los Angeles for a re-election fundraiser. The event was organized by Trump Victory, a fundraising partnership between the Republican National Convention and Trump’s campaign, and aimed to raise an estimated $5 million for the party. It was the president’s third visit to the celebrity-hub city and, by all accounts, not a star-studded one.
Only the left would care about a lack of celebrities.
It certainly didn’t affect Trump’s bottom line at all.