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 TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed 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 McDanielRNC says ex-Trump ambassador nominee's efforts 'to link future contributions to an official action' were 'inappropriate' Paul dismisses Bevin loss, touts 'red wave' in other Kentucky races Trump and his allies downplay GOP loss in Kentucky governor's race 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 BidenMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Democrats release two new transcripts ahead of next public impeachment hearings Press: Ukraine's not the only outrage 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 SandersRahm Emanuel: Bloomberg, Patrick entering race will allow Democrats to have 'ideas primary' Feehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Jayapal hits back at Biden on marijuana 'prohibition' 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 HarrisJayapal hits back at Biden on marijuana 'prohibition' Poll: Biden holds 20-point lead in South Carolina Fox News anchor apologizes for saying Booker dropped out of 2020 race 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 ButtigiegThe Memo: Centrists change tone of Democratic race Poll: Biden holds 20-point lead in South Carolina Sanders reclaims second place in new 2020 poll MORE raised $19.1 million in the previous three months.

Biden and top contender Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenRahm Emanuel: Bloomberg, Patrick entering race will allow Democrats to have 'ideas primary' Feehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Jayapal hits back at Biden on marijuana 'prohibition' 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.