President Donald Trump hasn’t even been in office for 100 days and his re-election campaign has already raised $13.2 million for 2020.
And it seems the billionaire isn’t relying on big money donors to secure a second term. So far, 80 percent of the money raised has come from small donors, according to the International Business Times. Three committees, Donald J Trump for President, Trump Victory, and Trump Make America Great Again Committee will apparently remain in fundraising mode.
Many small donors gave less than $200 in response to team Trump’s fundraising emails seeking support in battling “fake news” media and Democrats.
The Republican National Committee recently said it has also raised a whopping $41.3 million in the first quarter of 2017. RNC officials said over 250,000 new donors have contributed to the RNC or Trump’s campaign committees, The Washington Post reported.John Moore/Getty Images
The Post also theorized about why Trump has raised almost three times as much as former President Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee did in the first quarter of 2009:
Trump’s $42.6 million haul with the national party and two joint fundraising committees is more than twice as much as the $15.8 million that then-President Barack Obama raised in conjunction with the Democratic National Committee during the first quarter of 2009, campaign finance reports filed Friday show.
That’s largely because, unlike his predecessors, Trump has not ceased fundraising since his election. Emails touting Trump-branded merchandise and offering donors the chance to win a trip to Washington for his inauguration helped him stockpile $8.4 million for a 2020 reelection bid by March 31.
This major head start is one of the big advantages enjoyed by incumbent presidents seeking re-election. While the Democrats are surely devising a plan to defeat Trump in 2020, they first have to find a suitable candidate who can give the Republican a run for his money.