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 TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates MORE and his son-in-law, White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Judiciary issues blitz of subpoenas for Kushner, Sessions, Trump associates House Judiciary to vote to authorize subpoenas for Trump officials, immigration documents MORE.

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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 McConnellWhat Democrats should say about guns This week: House Dems voting to hold Barr, Ross in contempt Juan Williams: GOP in a panic over Mueller 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.