/Trump, RNC rake in massive $105 million second-quarter haul

Trump, RNC rake in massive $105 million second-quarter haul

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President Donald Trump and his fundraising committees raked in $54 million of the $105 million total, while the Republican National Committee collected the other $51 million. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee raised $105 million in the second quarter of 2019, the RNC announced Tuesday.

That number, first reported by the New York Times, eclipses the roughly $85 million in contributions Barack Obama’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised during the same period in 2011 as the former president sought a second White House term.

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“Our massive fundraising success is a testament to the overwhelming support for President Trump,” Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager, said in a statement. “No Democrat candidate can match this level of enthusiasm or President Trump’s outstanding record of results.”

Trump and his fundraising committees raked in $54 million of the $105 million total, while the RNC collected the other $51 million. RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement that the “record-breaking fundraising” by the national party “has allowed us to identify troves of new supporters online and continue investing in our unprecedented field program.”

McDaniel added: “Our grassroots army is already hard at work — putting us in prime position to re-elect President Trump and Republicans across the country.”

News of the enormous haul by Trump’s re-election effort, which now enjoys a combined $100 million in cash on hand, follows another impressive fundraising performance by one of the president’s Democratic challengers, Pete Buttigieg.

The South Bend, Ind., mayor — who was virtually unknown on the national stage prior to the launch of his presidential exploratory committee in January — announced Monday that his campaign fetched more than $24.8 million in the year’s second quarter.

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