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 TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled 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 McDanielTexas governor skipping Republican convention RNC chairwoman: Quarantines in Democratic-led states made GOP Florida convention impossible Sinking Trump seeks to squash GOP dissent 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 Biden2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency Abrams: Trump 'doing his best to undermine our confidence' in voting system 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 SandersGOP lawmaker: Democratic Party 'used to be more moderate' 4 reasons why Trump can't be written off — yet Progressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul 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 HarrisThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence Crump, attorney for George Floyd's family, endorses Harris for Biden VP pick Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket 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 ButtigiegPete ButtigiegFormer Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win In politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over MORE raised $19.1 million in the previous three months.

Biden and top contender Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren4 reasons why Trump can't be written off — yet Here are top contenders to be Biden's VP Kamala Harris to young Black women at conference: 'I want you to be ambitious' 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.