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 TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' 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 PelosiDemocrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public Schiff huddles in Capitol with impeachment managers Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle 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 Slotkin Democrats plot new approach to win over rural voters Iran resolution supporters fear impeachment will put it on back burner Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' 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 BidenNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina 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.