The Republican National Committee (RNC) brought in a record-breaking donation haul in February as more Democratic candidates gear up for the 2020 presidential race.
According to a report from the Washington Examiner, the RNC brought in $14.6 million in the month of February alone, breaking the February record for donations in an off-election year. Even considering standard election years, this haul ranks second only to February 2004.
We’re fired up to re-elect @realDonaldTrump – and our supporters are proving it!
The RNC is breaking fundraising records, continuing to trounce the DNC, and already on the ground working hard for candidates up and down the ballot.https://t.co/6tOUs5Fq5U
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) March 20, 2019
RNC national press secretary Cassie Smedile explained that a majority of the money came from small donations, telling the Examiner that “nearly 60 percent of our donations came from small-dollar donors, $8.9 million.”
Smedile explained that these stong donation numbers are going to be key for Republicans as the 2020 election cycle inches closer.
These numbers follow a flurry of first-day fundraising totals that have been announced over the past few weeks from Democratic primary candidates. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) raked in over $6.1 million in his first 24 hours, He edged out Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who had the second strongest showing, raking in more than $5.9 million. Those two have blown the remaining candidates out of the water, as several struggled to earn over $1 million.
An early 2020 fundraising update: The top Day 1 fundraiser for Democrats, so far, Beto O’Rourke, says his average contribution was $47 from 128,000 individual contributors on his way to $6.1M in the first 24 hours of his campaign. pic.twitter.com/3WOMWfVP02
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 20, 2019
While there is much more money being thrown at these candidates during their campaign launch than the RNC saw with their $14.6 million, Smedile told the Examiner she isn’t concerned by these donation totals:
“While 2020 Dems continue to boast about their ‘massive’ one-day seven-figure fundraising days that they haul in only because it’s their formal ‘launch’ day, Trump’s fundraising arms have repeatedly hit this number and we’ve done so without the momentum of an initial campaign launch.”
It is also important to note that these are fundraising totals for the RNC, not just President Donald Trump. The RNC works to support all Republicans, not just presidential picks, meaning these strong fundraising totals will go toward re-electing members of the House and Senate as well as striving to pick up additional seats. The Trump campaign has its own fundraising efforts underway.