Perfectly timed for President Trump’s final reelection push, the Republican National Committee broke its own fundraising record last month and brought the total GOP-Team Trump take to $1.3 billion.
The party and Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Secrets this morning that donations totaled $67.6 million, the best ever for an August fundraising push. What’s more, it was also the best online fundraising August ever, raising nearly four times what the party did in the previous four Augusts combined.
The record fundraising record gave party officials an extra shot of confidence entering the final weeks of the president’s reelection campaign and the GOP’s bid to retain control of the Senate and take over the House.
“This campaign is powered by real Americans who are motivated by raw enthusiasm for President Trump and a genuine belief in his agenda,” said McDaniel.
“From now until Election Day, our unparalleled infrastructure, battle-tested Get Out The Vote operation, and historic grassroots army will work each and every day to reelect President Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot,” she added.
There have been warning stories in the liberal media that Trump was being outspent on TV by Joe Biden. But officials told Secrets that the GOP and Trump fundraising is coming in as expected and that the Trump campaign is relying more on its ground game than TV, just like in the 2016 race.
What’s more, it is outspending Biden online where more and more Americans are getting their news. The NYU Ad Observatory said that Trump has outspent Biden 2-1 on Facebook.
And the party is reserving a cache of dough for the expected legal challenges planned by Democrats in key battleground states where the race is close.
Key RNC figures of note from the party this morning:
- It raised $67.6 million in August, including money transferred from supporting organizations.
- The RNC has $114.9 million on hand.
- Total RNC, Trump campaign, and its committees raised $212 million.
- Receipts for the 2019-2020 cycle across all entities was $1.3 billion.
- RNC debt: $0.
The numbers gave the RNC something to cheer about after Biden outraised Republicans in August. Compared to the $212 million raised by the Trump/GOP team, the Biden/Democratic National Committee took in $364 million. Today was the first time the RNC released its August fundraising details.
The Trump and Biden strategies are vastly different. Biden, said GOP officials, needs more money to run his campaign on TV instead of in person. While he does a few in-person events, Biden mostly Zooms his effort out of his house. Trump, meanwhile, has been hosting large rallies and dispatching troops to knock on doors.
The RNC effort funds what McDaniel called the largest field and data operation in party history: 2,000 and enough volunteers to top the 2.2 million who helped former President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.
So far, it has made 100 million voter contacts, and it has spent over $250 million on voter contact efforts to promote the whole Republican ticket.
The party is also ramping up its legal team and promoting its website, www.ProtectTheVote.com.