Trump campaign, RNC raise staggering $125 million in third quarter

Trump campaign, RNC raise staggering $125 million in third quarter
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) combined to raise $125 million in the third quarter, a massive haul that gives the president a head start in fundraising as Democrats move through a contested primary.

The two entities have surpassed the $100 million mark for two quarters in a row after raising $108 million in the second quarter.

Combined, the Trump campaign and the RNC said they have raised more than $308 million in 2019 and begin the month with more than $156 million in the bank.

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“President Trump has built a juggernaut of a campaign, raising record amounts of money at a record pace,” said Trump campaign manager Brad ParscaleBradley (Brad) James ParscaleMORE. “With our great partnership with the RNC and Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielRepublican Party sending mailer labeled census ahead of official forms Trump campaign, pro-Trump groups raise over million in January Man arrested in possible targeting of Trump volunteers MORE, we will re-elect the President and win back the House of Representatives.”

The Trump campaign and the RNC are already dipping into the funds after House Democrats last week launched an impeachment inquiry over allegations that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' Democratic strategist says Biden 'has to' get second place in Nevada MORE, a top contender for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Both teams put around $10 million behind ads pushing back on the impeachment hearings and attacking Biden. The ads are running on national cable news outlets and on Facebook, Google, YouTube, Spotify, and Pandora in key districts.

The RNC is also building out its ground game and currently counts political, data, state and communications directors in 19 states. 

“Boycotts from Hollywood liberals and Democrats’ shameful attacks on private citizens, along with unprecedented support for our president, boosted the RNC to break fundraising records again this quarter," said McDaniel.

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“We are investing millions on the airwaves and on the ground to hold House Democrats accountable, highlight their obstruction, and take back the House and re-elect President Trump in 2020,” added the RNC chairwoman.

The combined haul reported by Trump's team and the RNC is far bigger than the amounts raised by individual Democratic presidential contenders who have announced their third-quarter fundraising so far.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Prominent Texas Latina endorses Warren Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' MORE (I-Vt.) said earlier on Tuesday he had raised $25.3 million in the third quarter, bringing his year-to-date total to $61.5 million, while Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHouse to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Overnight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge Democratic senators criticize plan that could expand Arctic oil and gas development MORE (D-Calif.) said she had raised $11.6 million, in line with each of her previous two quarters.

Meanwhile, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' Buttigieg to join striking South Carolina McDonald's workers next week MORE raised $19.1 million in the previous three months.

Biden and top contender Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Bloomberg unveils billboards to troll Trump ahead of campaign stops John Legend joining Warren in South Carolina next week: report MORE (D-Mass.) have yet to announce their third-quarter numbers.

Campaigns have until Oct. 15 to file their fundraising and spending reports with the Federal Election Commission.