RNC spokeswoman: Trump fundraising haul driven by small-dollar donations

A spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee (RNC) told Hill.TV on Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to investigations Former senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Title, release date revealed for Bolton memoir MORE’s reelection campaign and the RNC's third-quarter fundraising haul was driven by small dollar-donors.

The Trump campaign and RNC said earlier this month that they raised $125 million from July through September, and began October with more than $156 million in the bank.

“This is really being driven by small-dollar donations,” Liz Harrington told Hill.TV, arguing that the Democrats' impeachment inquiry into Trump has prompted donors to contribute.

She singled out Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFormer senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Democrats step up pressure over witnesses after Bolton bombshell Texas AFL-CIO endorses Cuellar's primary challenger MORE's (D-Calif.) support for an impeachment probe last month, saying it tied her to more progressive lawmakers like Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Democrats press Trump administration to stop DNA collection from detained migrants MORE (D-Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Impeachment dominates final Iowa sprint 'The worst news': Political world mourns loss of Kobe Bryant Biden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements MORE (D-N.Y.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive MORE (D-Minn.).

“After the Democrats and [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi decided to side with the Rashida Tlaib and AOC and the Ilhan Omar’s of the world and go for impeachment, we raised more than what Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to investigations Former senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Title, release date revealed for Bolton memoir MORE has cash-on-hand right now, which is $9 million dollars,” Harrington said.

Biden’s campaign said last Friday that it was “worried” about its finances. After the third-quarter fundraising numbers were released, the former vice president's campaign had just under $9 million cash on hand.

Biden also raked in far less cash on hand than his top competitors in the Democratic primary race.

Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Sanders leads Biden by 9 points in Iowa Poll: Biden leads in Iowa ahead of caucuses The Memo: Impeachment dominates final Iowa sprint MORE (I-Vt.) Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Sanders leads Biden by 9 points in Iowa Poll: Biden leads in Iowa ahead of caucuses The Memo: Impeachment dominates final Iowa sprint MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Harris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' Panel: Is Kamala Harris a hypocrite for mulling a Joe Biden endorsement? MORE (D-Calif.) had $33.7 million, $25.7 million and $10.5 million, respectively. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegPoll: Sanders leads Biden by 9 points in Iowa Buttigieg on polarization: 'We don't have to choose between being bold and being unified' Buttigieg: America 'united in mourning' Kobe Bryant's death MORE, meanwhile, brought in $23.4 million.

“I hate to say it, but our opponents are way ahead of us when it comes to money in the bank,” Elana Firsht, the Biden campaign’s online fundraising director, said in a fundraising email to supporters. “If we don’t pick up the pace here, we might have to make budget cuts that could seriously hurt our momentum in this primary.”

⁠—Tess Bonn