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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 TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm 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 ParscaleBrad ParscaleAides tried to get Trump to stop attacking McCain in hopes of clinching Arizona: report MORE. “With our great partnership with the RNC and Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielRNC chair on censures of pro-impeachment Republicans: 'Overwhelmingly, our party agrees with each other' Sunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Trump to attend private RNC donor retreat 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 BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report 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 SandersIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief Murkowski never told White House she would oppose Tanden Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief 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 HarrisElla Emhoff, inauguration designer join forces on knitwear collaboration Who is the Senate parliamentarian and why is she important? In America, women are frontliners of change 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 ButtigiegHarris pushes for support for cities in coronavirus relief package Exclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden vs. Trump, part II MORE raised $19.1 million in the previous three months.

Biden and top contender Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Biden says US will have enough vaccine for all adults by end of May | Biden calls on all states to vaccinate teachers by the end of March | Texas, Mississippi lift mask mandates Biden picks for financial agencies offer preview of regulatory agenda Becerra tells Warren he will do 'thorough review' of executive actions on drug prices 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.