Trump campaign raises over US$30 mil in 1Q 2019

Donald Trump speaks while meeting with Ireland’s Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US, on March 14, 2019. (Reuters pic) 

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign raised more than US$30 million in the first quarter of 2019, his campaign said on Sunday, far outpacing the total raised by individual Democratic candidates during that period.

Trump’s first-quarter haul, leaving his 2020 re-election effort with US$40.8 million in cash, showed Republican donors were willing to invest in him as he girds for what is likely to be a
difficult bid for a second term.

Senators Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris have led the field of Democratic contenders in fundraising so far in 2019, raising US$18.2 million and US$12 million respectively in the first quarter.

Sanders’ campaign said it received an average donation of US$20 during the first quarter.

The Trump campaign said its average donation during the same period was US$34.26, and that nearly 99% of its donations were US$200 or less.

The Republican National Committee brought in $45.8 million in the first quarter. Trump’s re-election campaign is raising money along aside the RNC in what is called a Trump Victory
effort.