Trump raised over $1 million per hour on the day of his reelection-campaign kickoff, blowing Democrats' fundraising out of the water

  • President Donald Trump raised more than $US1 million per hour and $US28.4 million in total on June 18, the day of his reelection-campaign kickoff, according to the Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh.
  • While Trump filed preliminary paperwork to run for reelection shortly after his 2017 inauguration, he formally launched his reelection campaign with a rally in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday.
  • Trump’s initial fundraising numbers for the first day of his official reelection campaign almost match the $US30 million his campaign raised in the three months of 2019’s first quarter.
  • From a fundraising standpoint, Trump has a clear advantage as the incumbent president and clear favourite to win the Republican nomination again compared with the splintered field of two dozen Democrats.
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President Donald Trump raised more than $US1 million per hour and $US28.4 million in total on June 18, the day of his reelection-campaign kickoff, according to the Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh.

While Trump filed preliminary paperwork to run for reelection shortly after his 2017 inauguration, he formally launched his reelection campaign with a rally in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday with a revamped campaign slogan: “Keep America Great.”

Trump’s initial fundraising numbers for the first day of his official reelection campaign almost match the $US30 million his campaign raised in the three months of 2019’s first quarter, between January 1 and March 31, and dwarf the fundraising performance of the 24 Democrats seeking the Democratic nomination.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the current Democratic front-runner, announced at a recent New York City fundraising event that since launching his campaign on April 25,he has raised $US19.8 million from 360,000 donors, who gave an average donation of $US55, including $US6.3 million raised on his first day.

Murtaugh did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment on how many donors gave to Trump, the average donation size from Trump’s Tuesday fundraising, and how many donors had given to the campaign for the first time.


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With the Democratic field split between several high-profile candidates, many small- and big-dollar Democratic donors are still testing the waters. Candidates will be required to file fundraising reports from 2019’s second quarter by July 15.

Progressive Democratic candidates like Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are largely eschewing high-dollar fundraisers altogether and focusing on building up small-dollar grassroots fundraising networks.

Others, like Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, are actively courting Wall Street for big donations in addition to building up strong online fundraising networks, according to a recent report in The New York Times.

From a fundraising standpoint, Trump has a clear advantage as the incumbent president and clear favourite to win the Republican nomination again.

The New York Times’ Shane Goldmacher reported that Trump’s $US24.8 million still outpaced Biden, Sanders, Harris, and former Rep.Beto O’Rourke‘s first-day fundraising hauls combined.

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