Election analyst says Trump has mastered attracting small-dollar donations

Election analyst Henry Olsen told Hill.TV on Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey 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 SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersElection analyst says Biden could face uphill battle attracting small-dollar donors Gillibrand 'not worried' about being 'discounted' in 2020 race Biden's sloppy launch may cost him MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe symbol of 'Wakanda' and black political vision Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary Sanders dominates, Buttigieg surges in 2020 social media battle 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