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Trump Reelection Campaign Raises $30 Million in First Quarter

President Donald Trump at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, Texas, April 10, 2019 (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

President Trump’s reelection campaign reported over the weekend that it had raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, beating the combined fundraising hauls of the two top candidates for the Democratic nomination to face him in next year’s general election.

Senator Bernie Sanders topped the list of Democratic presidential contenders, pulling in over $18 million in the first quarter, while Senator Kamala Harris took second place with about $12 million. Former Texas representative Beto O’Rourke raised $9.4 million, and formerly little-known South Bend, Ind. mayor Pete Buttigieg raised over $7 million.

The Trump campaign, meanwhile raised $30 million, 99 percent of which came from donations under $200, and now has $40.8 million in cash on hand. The Republican National Committee brought in $45.8 million, a record for a non-election year, to supplement the president’s war chest.

At this stage in his 2012 reelection campaign, former president Barack Obama had raised about $2 million of the over $720 million he would eventually pull in. The Trump campaign plans to crack the $1 billion mark before the 2020 election is over.

“Our prodigious fundraising is further proof of President Trump’s clear record of accomplishment on behalf of the American people,” said Brad Parscale, the Trump’s campaign manager, in a statement. “The President is in a vastly stronger position at this point than any previous incumbent president running for re-election, and only continues to build momentum.”

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