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Trump Campaign Outraises Top 2 Democrats Combined

Campaign says it was nearly all small donations
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 15, 2019 12:21 AM CDT
In this Aug. 11, 2015, photo, Trump meets supporters after addressing a GOP fundraising event in Birch Run, Mich.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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(Newser) – President Trump's reelection campaign is set to report that it raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, edging out his top two Democratic rivals combined, according to figures it provided to the AP. The haul brings the campaign's cash on hand to $40.8 million, an unprecedented war chest for an incumbent president this early in a campaign. The Trump campaign said nearly 99% of its donations were of $200 or less, with an average donation of $34.26. Trump's fundraising ability was matched by the Republican National Committee, which brought in $45.8 million in the first quarter—its best non-election year total. Combined, the pro-Trump effort is reporting $82 million in the bank, with $40.8 million belonging to the campaign alone.

Trump formally launched his reelection effort just hours after taking office in 2017, earlier than any incumbent has in prior years. By contrast, then-President 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. Among Democrats, dollars are divided across a candidate field of well more than a dozen, while the Democratic National Committee remains in debt. Bernie Sanders topped the Democratic field in the first quarter, raising slightly more than $18 million, followed by Kamala Harris with $12 million and Beto O'Rourke with $9.4 million. Trump is reporting a first-quarter haul of $30.3 million.

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