Donald Trump supporters shatter fundraising records ahead of election

By Zeke Miller, Associated Press

Pro-Trump groups raised more than 60 million US dollars in January and have more than 200 million US dollars on hand for this year’s presidential election, shattering fundraising records on the path toward a goal of raising one billion US dollars this cycle.

The Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s campaign have raised more than 525 million US dollars since the start of 2019 together with two joint-fundraising committees.

The RNC and the Trump campaign provided the figures.

The January haul coincided with most of the Senate’s impeachment trial, which resulted in the Republican president’s acquittal earlier this month.

RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said: “We already have 500,000 volunteers trained and activated, and this record-breaking support is helping us grow our grassroots army even more.”

Mr Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, said Democrats’ “shameful impeachment hoax and dumpster fire primary process” have contributed to the “record-breaking financial support” for Mr Trump’s re-election.

“With President Trump’s accomplishments, our massive data and ground operations and our strong fundraising numbers,” Mr Parscale said, “this campaign is going to be unstoppable in 2020”.

The White House in Washington, US (Niall Carson/PA)

The pro-Trump effort said it has gained more than one million new digital and direct mail donors since Democrats launched their push to impeach Mr Trump in September 2019.

The investigations proved to be a fundraising boon for Mr Trump’s campaign, even as the president was personally frustrated by the scar it will leave on his legacy.

The Trump team’s haul and cash on hand were twice that of former President Barack Obama’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee at the same point ahead of his 2012 reelection.