by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
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.”