The Washington Times Weekly

RNC’s fundraisin­g record eases post-Trump doubts

- BY SETH MCLAUGHLIN

The Republican National Committee said it raised close to $18 million last month, touting the fundraisin­g numbers as a record-setting off-year haul for the month of March and raising its firstquart­er pull to $44 million.

The announceme­nt began to ease fears that the party had fallen out of the good graces of donors after the Trump presidency culminated with the loss of the U.S. Senate, claims of a stolen election and the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol that stunned the nation and exposed fissures in the Republican Party.

“Our supporters’ generous contributi­ons allow us to pursue our mission, which includes promoting an Americafir­st agenda, fighting relentless­ly to preserve the integrity of our elections and holding Big Tech accountabl­e for their daily attacks on First Amendment rights,” said RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel. “We look forward to repaying our supporters’ investment when we retake the House and Senate in 2022 and make Joe Biden’s presidency an unremarkab­le footnote when we beat him in 2024.”

With 84% of the contributi­ons coming from small donors, the RNC said, the fundraisin­g signals strong grassroots support.

The Democratic National Committee has yet to share its March numbers after reporting $18.4 million in donations over the first two months of the year.

The first-quarter financial hauls are a measure of President Biden’s effectiven­ess as well as a barometer for the Republican Party as it looks to regroup after losing control of the House in 2018 and the White House and Senate in 2020.

If recent history is any indication, then the political spending will continue to rise.

Roughly $14.4 billion was spent in the 2020 election season: $5.7 billion on the presidenti­al race and $8.7 billion on congressio­nal contests, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

That was more than double the record set in 2016.

Along the way, Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump carved out new ground.

Mr. Biden’s campaign became the first to raise more than $1 billion. Mr. Trump was a grassroots juggernaut, raising over half of his $773 million from donations of $200 or less.

The 2018 elections also set a new bar for spending in midterms elections, with more than $5.7 billion funneled into congressio­nal races.

Both parties are counting on donor networks to prop them up ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

Democrats are defending a slim majority in the House and a 50-50 party split in the Senate, where Vice President Kamala Harris holds the tiebreakin­g vote for Democrats.

Republican­s are bullish about the chances of flipping control of Congress and working hard to keep Mr. Trump and his loyal base on the party’s good side.

Hoping to avoid a financial arms race, Republican officials downplayed Mr. Trump’s attacks on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, and others in the party whom he labeled disloyal.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Senate Republican­s’ campaign arm, is selling Trump memorabili­a and apparel, including “Still My President” and “Miss Me Yet?” T-shirts with images of the 45th president.

Mr. Trump urged his supporters last month to send their donations to his Save America leadership PAC and Make American Great Again PAC rather than the national party.

“No more money for RINOS,” Mr. Trump said. “They do nothing but hurt the Republican Party and our great voting base — they will never lead us to Greatness. “Send your donation to Save America PAC at DonaldJTru­mp.com,” he said. “We will bring it all back stronger than ever before!”

He reportedly is raking in the cash, although the filing deadline for PACs is the end of July.

CNBC and Fox News reported that the Save America leadership PAC had bankrolled $85 million heading into the second quarter.

Mr. Trump has made it clear that he wants to put his imprint on the midterm elections and settle the score with Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach him for inciting the Jan. 6 riot.

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