GOP raises approximately $1M on day of impeachment announcement

GOP raises approximately $1M on day of impeachment announcement
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Republicans raised more than $1 million on Tuesday as a Democratic impeachment inquiry dominated headlines.

A Republican National Committee (RNC) official told The Hill that the RNC, President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE's reelection campaign and a joint fundraising committee began efforts at 2 p.m. and had netted $1 million at 8 p.m., a few hours after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNJ governor calls for assessment of coronavirus response after crisis abates Overnight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims Hillicon Valley: Zoom draws new scrutiny amid virus fallout | Dems step up push for mail-in voting | Google to lift ban on political ads referencing coronavirus MORE (D-Calif.) announced a formal impeachment inquiry. 

The fundraising haul was first reported by Politico.

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The news outlet noted that Trump will benefit from most of the donations, adding that some efforts targeted Rep. Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinStates see surge of scams, price-gouging tied to pandemic Juan Williams: Biden's promises on women are a big deal Sanders looks to regain momentum in must-win Michigan MORE (D-Mich.), who represents a district won by Trump in 2016 and who supports the impeachment inquiry. 

RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel tweeted that the group's efforts aimed at Slotkin raised over $350,000. 

"We will absolutely hold House Democrats accountable for this.@realDonaldTrump won Elissa Slotkin's district in Michigan, yet she's backing this baseless impeachment inquiry," she wrote. 

The Trump campaign and RNC sent a series of emails encouraging supporters to donate. According to Politico, conservatives were invited to join the “Official Impeachment Defense Task Force,” which was described as a group of “only President Trump’s most LOYAL supporters, the ones committed to fighting for him, re-electing him, and taking back the House.”

One email reportedly encouraged people do donate by telling them to “be a leader in defending the president against these baseless and disgusting attacks.”

Pelosi late Tuesday announced an impeachment inquiry into Trump after reports that he had pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims The Memo: Scale of economic crisis sends shudders through nation The Hill's Campaign Report: Coronavirus forces Democrats to postpone convention MORE and his son after withholding aid from the country. 

Trump had admitted to bringing up Biden during the July call but denied pushing for an investigation into the former vice president. He has also said he withheld aid because he wanted other countries to give more to help Ukraine. 

He has slammed the inquiry as a "witch hunt" and denied wrongdoing. 

Pelosi's announcement followed a wave of support for impeachment proceedings from House Democrats following the Ukraine revelations.