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 John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' 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 BidenCan Republicans handle the aftermath of Donald Trump? Biden seeks to supplant Trump in Georgia Trump's Mount Rushmore stunt will backfire 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.