WASHINGTON: While you and I may think in tens, hundreds or even thousands, Donald J. Trump thinks in billions. Billions for the Military, the Wall and fundraising, to name a few. The President is already working toward raising the One Billion Dollars he feels he needs to win another term in the White House.
And the Democrats are going to have a hard time getting close. Particularly since the DNC is depleted following Hillary Clinton’s bid in 2016.
Through the end of 2018, the Trump reelection campaign has more than $129 million.
Those funds are not just to help the president, but are actually available to help the Republican National Committee retake seats from newly elected, but unpopular, House Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashid Tlaib, among others.
Following his massively successful visit to Calexico yesterday, the President traveled to Los Angeles to raise money for the RNC. Ala carte fundraising includes $15,000 for the dinner. $50,000 for a photo with the President.
And $150,000 to participate in a roundtable with the President. Which for big money is a wise investment. $150,000 is small change to make a visual name connection with a President who has an uncanny ability to remember people, their names and their causes.
Not all donations come from big checks. Large donation dollars find themselves in the Trump Victory account shared with the RNC. The Trump Make America Great Again Committee is the lower-dollar receptacle for digital fundraising, which tends to be the low dollar, individual donations. Other funds are collected from the sale of Trump merchandise, such as the Make America Great Again hats.
According to CBS News (2020 Democratic presidential candidates reveal first-quarter fundraising efforts )
With a large Democrat Contender Pool, fundraising is important as the DNC is requiring candidates to raise funds from a minimum 65,000-donor threshold to participate in the Democrat Presidential debates. The first debate is scheduled for June in Miami.
Bernie Sanders – $32 million (transferring $14 million from his Senate and 2016 presidential campaign committees.)
- Around 900,000 individual donations
- 99.5 percent of donations to Sanders’ campaign are $100 or less
- The average donation is $20
- 88 percent of the money to the campaign came from donors who gave $200 or less
- A majority of donors are 39 years old or younger
- Almost 100,000 registered Independents and 20,000 Republicans have contributed
- 99.99 percent of donors can give again
- 99.6 percent of the money raised came online
(–Reporting to CBS News by Grace Segers)
Kamala Harris – $12 million ($1.3 million to transfer to her presidential campaign)
- 98 percent of contributions under $100
- More than $6 million through its digital program
- More than $1 million in the final week of March
- 11,000 individual contributions from educators
Beto O’Rourke – $9.4 Million
- Top contributors by occupation were teachers
- 98 percent of contributions made during the 18-day period were below $200
- Average donation totaled $43
- 99 percent of fundraising came online during O’Rourke’s nine-state tour
Pete Buttigieg – $7 million (raised $354,477 before the end of the year 2018)
- 158,550 total donors
- Average donation totaled $36.35
- 64 percent of donations came in through contributions of under $200
Andrew Yang – $1.7 million
- $1.7m raised in February and March
- 99% of donations under $200
- Over 80,000 donors
- Average donation of $17.92
- Over $250,000 raised in the last 4 days of March alone
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is far short of contributions from 65,000 individual donors, however, she has north of $10 million left over from her 2018 Senate campaign. If she can reach the threshold of 65,000 donations we may see her on the June debate stage. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has more than $4 million from his Senate committee. Nonetheless, he is not yet sharing his donations numbers, in cash or donees, yet.
Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced they had hit their fundraising goals but did not release numbers. Warren does have $11 million left over from her 2018 Senate campaign to play with regardless of her fundraising haul.
Jay Inslee, John Hickenlooper, Tulsi Gabbard, John Delaney and Julian Castro are also among major candidates who haven’t revealed their fundraising hauls just yet. (Source: 2020 Presidential Fundraising: Early first quarter numbers fall flat compared to Clinton, Obama)
Trump is on the campaign trail
Any incumbent President has a distinct advantage. Particularly when that president has jobs, economy, foreign policy, military, and more successes. The President’s visit to Calexico was not only a chance for him to confirm that the American – Mexico border is in crisis. It was also a chance for the Border Patrol to show their appreciation for a job they feel is well done.
Today, the President is meeting with 1,600 members of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas at the Venetian Resort, owned by Republican donor Sheldon Adelson. The President is met with a rally-style crowd, including a protestor met with cries of USA and then Four More Years.
Trump’s appearance follows the President’s recent accusations of Democrats being “anti-Jewish” and “anti-Israel.” We can anticipate the President will discuss his decision to recognize the Golan Heights as an Israeli territory as well as his decision last year to move the American embassy to Jerusalem.
Mr. Trump is vocal in his support for Israel and its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, important now as Netanyahu fights to retain his position.
Lead Image: President Donald J. Trump is greeted by military personnel and law enforcement members and their families at the Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif., Friday, April 5, 2019, on his way to visit the border in Calexico, Calif. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)