RNC raises $11M in May
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The Republican National Committee (RNC) on Monday announced it raised $11 million during its May fundraising drive.

“The resources we’ve raised this cycle have allowed us to continue building the best-staffed, most wide-reaching and most data-driven ground game in our party’s history,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

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“Our years-long commitment to building a robust, permanent field organization in battleground states means we’ve had a 148-week head start on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP warns Graham letter to Pelosi on impeachment could 'backfire' Hillary Clinton praises former administration officials who testified before House as 'gutsy women' Third-quarter fundraising sets Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg apart MORE and the [Democratic National Committee], who are only now assembling a general election ground game,” he added.

“We’ve already seen record GOP presidential primary turnout this cycle, and as we continue to partner with the [Donald] Trump campaign to raise the resources we need to win, our growing field organization will be an integral part of Republican victories in races up and down the ballot this November.”

The RNC said it has raised $155.8 million so far this election cycle, noting that haul puts it $50 million ahead of the Democratic National Committee’s fundraising. It has $7 million in debt, leaving it with $19.9 million cash on hand after May’s fundraising.

Priebus said the RNC’s results leaves it well-positioned for a general election battle between Trump and Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee.

“With nearly 500 paid staffers in the field, thousands of heavily-trained organizers ready to share our Republican message, we’ve never been better prepared to engage voters and boost turnout in a presidential election year.”

Trump’s campaign last month agreed to a fundraising deal with the RNC after the billionaire became the party’s presumptive nominee.

Trump reportedly earned $6 million on May 27 in Santa Monica, Calif., during his first fundraising event with the RNC.

Trump earlier this month said he does not need $1 billion in funds for the general presidential election after previously promising that amount. But his May fundraising total — about $3.1 million — raised eyebrows and quesions about the finances of his operation.

“There’s no reason to raise that,” he said on June 8. "I just don’t think I need as much money as other people need, because I get so much publicity.”

The Associated Press on Monday reported the RNC’s fundraising results with Trump are behind its totals with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012. Romney helped the RNC net $34 million in June of that year, leaving the group with more than $60 million in available cash.