Election analyst says Trump has mastered attracting small-dollar donations

Election analyst Henry Olsen told Hill.TV on Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax 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 SandersWarren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBooker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations 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