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 McDaniel Sunday shows preview: Leaders weigh in as country erupts in protest over George Floyd death North Carolina presses GOP on safety standards for convention Twitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why MORE along with the overwhelming grassroots support for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police 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, and holds a significant cash advantage over the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which held $14.8 million in cash on hand 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) WeldVermont governor, running for reelection, won't campaign or raise money The Hill's Campaign Report: Amash moves toward Libertarian presidential bid Libertarians view Amash as potential 2020 game changer for party MORE, has announced plans to run in the GOP primary.

This article was updated on 6/5/2019 to correct fundraising numbers raised by the DNC.