President Donald Trump hasn’t been in officer for 100 days yet, but his re-election campaign has already raised $13.2 million for 2020.
It seems the billionaire isn’t relying on big money donors either. So far, 80 percent of the money has come from small donors, according to the International Business Times. Three committees, Donald J Trump for President, Trump Victory, and Trump Make America Great Again Committee will apparently remain in fundraising mode.
Many small donors gave less than $200 in response to Trump’s fundraising emails seeing support in battling “fake news” media and Democrats.
The Republican National Committee recently said it has also raised a whopping $41.3 million in the first quarter of 2017. RNC officials said over 250,000 new donors have contributed to the RNC or Trump’s campaign committees, The Washington Post reported.
The Post also theorized about why Trump has raised almost three times as much as former President Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee did in the first quarter of 2009:
Trump’s $42.6 million haul with the national party and two joint fundraising committees is more than twice as much as the $15.8 million that then-President Barack Obama raised in conjunction with the Democratic National Committee during the first quarter of 2009, campaign finance reports filed Friday show.
That’s largely because, unlike his predecessors, Trump has not ceased fundraising since his election. Emails touting Trump-branded merchandise and offering donors the chance to win a trip to Washington for his inauguration helped him stockpile $8.4 million for a 2020 reelection bid by March 31.
This huge head start is one of the biggest advantages enjoyed by incumbent presidents seeking re-election. While the Democrats are devising a plan to defeat Trump in 202, they will have to find a candidate who could give the Republicans a run for his money.