Election analyst says Trump has mastered attracting small-dollar donations

Election analyst Henry Olsen told Hill.TV on Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE, unlike most Republicans, has mastered attracting small-dollar donations. 

"If the president wants to raise small-dollar donations, which is something no Republican has ever really mastered, this is a guy who can get a lot of them," Olsen, a Washington Post columnist, told host Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking."

President Trump's reelection campaign raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, more than the combined fundraising hauls from Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersConfused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Confused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Biden leads in early voting states, followed by Warren, Sanders: poll MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Biden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Confused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers MORE (D-Calif.), two other 2020 hopefuls.

The Trump campaign told The Associated Press that nearly 99 percent of the donations it received were of $200 or less. The average donation was about $34.

The campaign's first-quarter fundraising haul brings its cash on hand to more than $40 million. 

— Julia Manchester