GOP launches 'WinRed' online fundraising site in response to Democrats' small-donor advantage

GOP launches 'WinRed' online fundraising site in response to Democrats' small-donor advantage
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The Republican Party is launching its online fundraising platform WinRed on Monday as a long-awaited response to Democrats' advantage with small-dollar donors through their ActBlue website.

Politico reports WinRed comes after months of discussions with top Republicans, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE and his son-in-law, White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerButtigieg knocks Trump as a 'walking conflict of interest' Biden's weak response to Trump is a lesson for Democratic candidates Mark Hamill zings Ivanka Trump for 'Star Wars' tweet MORE.


The new site is intended to serve as an answer to the Democrats' early lead with smaller donors, having already garnered more than $174 million through ActBlue, according to the news outlet.

The early machinations of WinRed arose after Republicans were outraged by Democratic success in the midterm elections to retake the majority in the House.

WinRed is the first time the Republican Party has had a single online platform for the benefit of all members of the party.

“This is the first time I’ve ever seen either political party come together to do something genuinely good for campaigns instead of consultants,” Josh Holmes, a top lieutenant to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFury over Trump Syria decision grows Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump to slap sanctions on Turkey for Syria offensive | Trump calls on Turkey to broker ceasefire | Pelosi, Graham seek deal on sanctions | Ex-Trump aide testifies in impeachment probe Trump: Let Assad, Russia or China protect the Kurds MORE (R-Ky.), told the news outlet.

The launch of the site was reportedly delayed due to legal issues and the hurdles of streamlining the several different fundraising platforms already in use.

WinRed’s president, Gerrit Lansing, and former Republican National Committee chief of staff Mike Shields, who is also involved in the project, met with House GOP leaders Sunday to update them on the launch.

Trump praised the website's launch, tweeting that WinRed will help Republicans "compete with the Democrats money machine."

"This new platform will allow my campaign and other Republicans to compete with the Democrats money machine," he said. "This has been a priority of mine and I’m pleased to share that it is up and running!"

— Updated June 24 at 10:16 a.m.