Trump's small-dollar donors fuel surge in GOP fundraising
October 18, 2017
"WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Committee raised more than $100 million in the first nine months of 2017, marking the first time it has raised that much, that fast, in a non-presidential election year.
"The record-breaking fundraising can be largely attributed to a flurry of small-dollar donors responding to fundraising appeals by the first Republican president in eight years, Donald Trump, according to a new report to be released later this week and obtained by McClatchy.
"The numbers give Republicans a large cash advantage over Democrats...
"Last month, the RNC hired state directors in 17 states across the nation, including Florida, Missouri and North Carolina, as part of what the party says will be the most expansive midterm field program in its history.
"The RNC raised $10.4 million in September, according to a report it will file with the Federal Elections Commission by Friday’s deadline. It has raised $104.4 million this year and has $44.1 million in the bank.
"So far this year, almost 60 percent — more than $44 million of the $75 million the RNC raised in direct contributions — came from small donations, often after Trump sent pleas asking supporters to 'drain the swamp' of business as usual. More than 98 percent of those who gave to the RNC were small-dollar donors.
"The money will also help the party get ready for the 2020 presidential race through hiring field staff and circulating the party’s message, among other things.
"With three weeks left until Election Day, it has spent $3 million in Virginia to aid Republican Ed Gillespie and helped fund 85 field staffers, along with the state party and Republican Governors Association. That’s a larger in-state presence than Republicans had there in 2016. Republicans have made 1.5 million door knocks and 680,000 calls and amassed 1,700 volunteers.
"'Our record-breaking fundraising has been fueled by grassroots enthusiasm for President Trump and the Republican Party,' RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. 'The overwhelming support has enabled the RNC to have a virtually uninterrupted presence in key states like Virginia since 2013.'"
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