Trump’s campaign war chest

Scott Morefield of the Daily Caller highlights interesting news about campaign finances for the 2020 elections.

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign reportedly has raised over $30 million during the first quarter of 2019.

The Associated Press defined the $30 million plus $10.8 million the campaign already had in its coffers — for a $40.8 million total — as an “unprecedented war chest for an incumbent president this early in a campaign.”

By contrast, the president’s top two Democratic opponents, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, raised $18 million and $12 million respectively, and former President Barack Obama only had $2 million in his campaign coffers at this point in the 2012 campaign.

Trump’s campaign reported an average donation of $34.26, with 99% of its donations being $200 or less, according to the AP report.

In more good news for Trump’s reelection effort, the Republican National Committee hauled in an additional $45.8 million in the first quarter of 2019, totaling a combined $82 million already in the coffers to re-elect the president.

Trump’s formal reelection effort began shortly after taking office in 2017.

In a statement, campaign manager Brad Parscale said the president “is in a vastly stronger position at this point than any previous incumbent president running for re-election, and only continues to build momentum.”

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...