Republican Party, Trump campaign raise USD 1 bn for 2020 presidential poll

PTI

File photo of US President Donald Trump

File photo of US President Donald Trump

The Republican Party and the Donald Trump campaign have collectively raised over USD 165 million in July, surpassing the billion-dollar threshold with a total haul of USD 1.1 billion.

The joint re-election effort continues their cash in hand advantage, with an over USD 300 million war chest, the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced on Wednesday.

“With 90 days until victory, our teams and supporters are in overdrive working to re-elect President Donald Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot,” said RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

According to the RNC, July’s massive haul is not only a record for the month, but also eclipses the total raised in any single month of 2016.

July was also the largest online fundraising month ever for the re-election effort, it said.

“The enthusiasm behind President Donald Trump’s re-election continues to grow as July’s massive fundraising totals prove,” said Bill Stepien, Trump 2020 campaign manager.

“Voters express their support for President Donald Trump in many different ways and donating to his campaign is one of the most personal, because they feel invested in his success and the future success of the country. The President’s support continues to increase while Joe Biden just posted a down fundraising month from his basement,” he said.

The RNC recently announced the hiring of an additional 300 field staffers, bringing the total Trump Victory operation to over 1,500 – double that of Biden’s field operation.

With a grassroots army of 1.8 million Americans, the Trump Victory field effort is on pace to surpass the 2.2 million volunteers that helped re-elect President Barack Obama in 2012, the media release said.

Seeking re-election for his second consecutive term, Trump, 74, is pitted against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, 77, in the November 3 presidential elections. Most of the opinion polls show that Biden is several points ahead of Trump.