If there’s something the President knows a thing or two about, it’s how to rake in the cash. And his fundraising campaign numbers are YUGE.
For this story, you might want to cue up the theme song for The Apprentice. You know the one with that big, beefy bassline:
“Money money money money…”
Yep. That’s the one.
When Trump ran in 2016, he won while spending less cash than the Democrats. A lot less. But now, Trump is a proven political entity, and backers don’t assume his run is the ‘lost cause’ it was made out to be the first time around.
He’s a fierce competitor who’s learned a thing or two about running a political campaign. Which means backers won’t be afraid of their money being ‘wasted’ on him.
The money is rolling in.
But first, let’s give some context. In the Democratic campaigns, the top two fundraising campaigns have been by Bernie Sanders and (even though you might not know it from the polls) Kamala Harris.
Bernie has pulled in $18.2 Million in the first quarter. (Honestly, that number is pretty remarkable for a Socialist.)
Kamala brought in $12 Million in the same time frame.
Together, the top two candidates have 30.2 Million. Impressive, right?
Yes. In fact, it’s nearly as impressive as Trump’s $30.3 Million. I know I went to public school and all, but last I checked $30.3 > $30.2, right?
So. Much. Winning.
Cue the Democrats whining about Trump’s tax cuts and the wealthiest 1%. Surely that’s where all this money came from, right?
Nope. Not even close.
The haul brings the campaign’s cash on hand to $40.8 million, an unprecedented war chest for an incumbent president this early in a campaign.
The Trump campaign said nearly 99% of its donations were of $200 or less, with an average donation of $34.26.
Donations like that are more typical of the burgers-and-beer crowd than the champagne-and-caviar crowd, wouldn’t you say?
99% was from “the 99%”.
That has a nice ring to it.
Oh, and did we forget to mention the rest of the money Republicans raised?
Trump’s fundraising ability was matched by the Republican National Committee, which brought in $45.8 million in the first quarter — its best non-election year total. Combined, the pro-Trump effort is reporting $82 million in the bank, with $40.8 million belonging to the campaign alone.
Just imagine the kind of campaign Trump could be able to run when he has the people and funding to really get after it!
Especially now that the Mueller probe came up empty, and the Democrats have overplayed their hand.
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