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Pro-Trump outside groups raise $16.8 million in April

Pro-Trump outside groups raise $16.8 million in April
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Two outside groups boosting President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE’s reelection bid raised a combined $16.8 million in April, compounding on the president’s hefty financial advantage heading into the general election.

America First Policies and its affiliated super PAC, America First Action, raised the nearly $17 million last month, according to America First Action communications director Kelly Sadler.

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The outside support will provide an additional boost to Trump’s campaign, which has emerged as a fundraising juggernaut. The campaign and the Republican National Committee combined to raise $61.7 million in April and have more than $255 million in cash on hand.

Trump’s camp is already putting its hefty campaign account to work, rolling out the early stages of a $10 million television advertising blitz against former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Biden appoints veteran housing, banking regulator as acting FHFA chief Iran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' MORE, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

By comparison, the former vice president raised $60.5 million in April, down from a combined $79 million in March. His campaign did not clarify how much cash on hand it has, but it is expected to be far less than Trump’s bank account.

Priorities USA, the top super PAC backing Biden, announced Tuesday it raised $7.6 million in April and garnered $9.3 million thus far in May, indicating a rising fundraising pace but still lagging behind America First Policies and its super PAC.