President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign announced April 12 that it and the Republican National Committee (RNC) jointly raised more than $212 million in the first quarter of 2020.
Various fundraising initiatives have topped up the coffers of Trump’s reelection bid to more than $240 million in cash-on-hand, the campaign said in a statement.
The amount raised in the first quarter is $56 million more than the final quarter of 2019, and represents a 36 percent increase.
“Americans can see President Trump leading this nation through a serious crisis and they are responding with their continued enthusiastic support for his re-election. Joe Biden, Democrats, and the media continue to oppose his every action, but the people know that President Trump is fighting for them so they are fighting for him as well,” Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement.
To date, the Trump campaign and RNC committees have raised more than $677 million, which is about $270 million more than was raised toward President Barack Obama’s reelection bid in 2012.
The campaign added that in March alone, Trump’s reelection bid raised $63 million.
“The enthusiasm for President Trump and our Party remains strong, and we continue to be all systems go toward November,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement.
Presumptive Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden’s campaign and election committees, as of March 23, jointly raised a total of just over $98 million. After expenditures, Biden’s campaign has some $13 million cash-on-hand.
Trump’s campaign, which said it has more than 880,000 volunteers and has made more than 17 million voter contacts since March 13, recently moved to an all-virtual effort because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, has spread aggressively across the United States, with more than 568,000 infections, according to a Johns Hopkins University database.
The number of U.S. fatalities attributed to COVID-19 stands at almost 23,000 as of April 13.
Trump, at the April 10 briefing of the COVID-19 task force, said his administration’s response to the virus was having an effect.
“Our experts are monitoring the data from every part of our country having to do with the topic that we’re here to discuss. In the midst of grief and pain, we’re seeing clear signs that our aggressive strategy is saving countless lives,” Trump said.