RNC breaks April fundraising record

RNC breaks April fundraising record
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The Republican National Committee (RNC) announced Friday that it had broken its record for fundraising in the month of April as the party responds to a growing field of Democratic 2020 challengers.

In a press release, RNC chief of staff Richard Walters wrote that the party had taken in $15.9 million in April, the greatest amount raised in that month in the party's history.

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"Our record-breaking April fundraising haul is yet another example of the outstanding leadership of Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielGOP faces new challenge in 2020 abortion fight Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — McConnell, Kaine offer bill to raise tobacco buying age to 21 | Measles outbreak spreads to 24 states | Pro-ObamaCare group launches ad blitz to protect Dems Romney expresses opposition to Alabama abortion ban MORE along with the overwhelming grassroots support for President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE, and the winning results of a Republican-led agenda," Walters wrote.

"Thanks to the President’s supporters, the RNC continues to grow its robust, permanent field program and top-notch data operation so that we can support Republicans up and down the ballot and re-elect President Trump in 2020," he continued.

The party now reports $61.8 million cash on hand, but it's unclear whether April's amount would be enough to overcome the overall cash advantage held by the Democratic National Committee, which posted a whopping $74.9 million cash on hand with just over $4 million in debts. The RNC posted $0 in debts at the end of April.

The president's reelection campaign has also shown an impressive fundraising ability this year, and last month announced that it had raised just over $30 million in the first quarter of 2019.

The RNC raised about $45 million that quarter, while the president has set a $1 billion fundraising goal for his reelection effort.

Twenty-four major candidates have announced plans to run in the Democratic primary to challenge Trump, while so far one Republican, former Massachusetts Gov. William WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldHere are the potential candidates still eyeing 2020 bids Republicans deserve to have real competitive presidential primary 2020 Dems: Trump doesn't deserve credit for the economy MORE, has announced plans to run in the GOP primary.