Reuters reports that the efforts were boosted by the Democrats’ impeachment bid, and says that the Trump campaign will begin 2020 with $102 million cash on hand–over $20 million more than President Obama’s reelection campaign had available in at the start of 2012.
The $46 million for the fourth quarter was the amount raised only by the Trump re-election campaign. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence typically headline fundraising events that benefit both the campaign and the Republican National Committee.
The amount raised by the RNC for the fourth quarter of 2019 is expected to be released soon.
In the third quarter, Trump and the RNC had together raised $125 million.
Trump’s re-election campaign raised a total of $143 million in all of 2019 and banked $83.4 million of it. It had begun the year with $19.3 million cash on hand.
Of the Democratic candidates, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-CT) raised $34.5 million, Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised $24.7 million, former Vice President Joe Biden raised $22.7 million and Andrew Yang raised $16.5 million in the fourth quarter.
Trump Campaign manager Brad Parscale said, “Democrats and the media have been in a sham impeachment frenzy, and the president’s campaign only got bigger and stronger with our best fundraising quarter this cycle. The president’s war chest and grassroots army make his reelection campaign an unstoppable juggernaut.”
As the Daily Wire points out, President Trump highlighted his campaign’s fundraising efforts in a tweet this morning, citing Sohrab Ahmari of the New York Post:
“Sohrab Ahmari, New York Post ‘The Trump Campaign raised $10 million in the two days following the impeachment (Scam) vote. It seems the Democrats have shot themselves in the foot in one more way. They set up a process they know is not going to lead to the Presidents removal, &…….it’s alienating independents. This President is being persecuted over three years with one investigation after another, and that really plays to his base.” @FoxNews @cvpayne Their partisan Witch Hunt is hurting our Country do badly, & only bringing more division than ever!” he wrote.
Bongino.com reported last month that an RNC official claimed the that their fundraising and volunteer numbers had “skyrocketed” in the middle of the impeachment hoax.
….it’s alienating independents. This President is being persecuted over three years with one investigation after another, and that really plays to his base.” @FoxNews @cvpayne Their partisan Witch Hunt is hurting our Country do badly, & only bringing more division than ever!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2020
RNC Spokeswoman Elizabeth Harrington told Huntsville, AL radio host, Jeff Poor, “It’s incredible. We have an amazing grassroots army of volunteers, and that’s only skyrocketed since the impeachment charade. We have thousands sign up to get involved off the sidelines. Every single month, we’ve broken records on fundraising — our joint fundraising with the Trump campaign. We’ve just never seen an off-year election like this at the RNC. We’re in a very strong position, and it is because the country is in a strong position, and the Democrats have all the losing arguments. So, we’re really energized. We’re really excited.”
Harrington said Republicans are now at play in states largely considered to be Democrat strongholds.
“We’re in states that haven’t been on the map for us in decades. It’s like President Trump transformed the map in 2016. We’re looking to do that again in states like Minnesota and New Mexico,” she said.
“You even had our campaign manager, the Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale up in Oregon two weeks ago because we’re looking for voters everywhere. We follow the data, which we’ve invested so much in over the past four or five years — over $300 million. And we follow the data to find voters where they are on issues they care about. We’re in a very good position, no matter who the Democrat nominee is. They’re not going to be able to compete in that regard.”