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RNC raises nearly $18M in record off-year March donations

RNC raises nearly $18M in record off-year March donations
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The Republican National Committee (RNC) on Tuesday announced that it raised nearly $17.8 million in donations in March, marking the committee's best March off-cycle fundraising haul and its third-best March total ever.

The committee said March's haul brought its total first-quarter fundraising to $44.4 million. Additionally, the RNC said the quarter was its best off-cycle quarter for digital fundraising. 

The RNC attributed its fundraising success, in part, to small-dollar donations, which made up 84 percent of contributions during March. 

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The news comes as Republican lawmakers have also reported raising record amounts of money during the first quarter of 2021. House GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyMcConnell amid Trump criticism: 'I'm looking forward, not backward' Loyalty trumps policy in Stefanik's rise, Cheney's fall Cheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts MORE (R-Wyo.) brought in $1.5 million in the time period, a record for the congresswoman. Meanwhile, freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneRep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida QAnon site shutters after reports identifying developer Republicans head to runoff in GA-14 MORE (R-Ga.) raked in over $3.2 million in the first quarter. 

In the Senate, Sens. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyCheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee Why isn't Washington defending American companies from foreign assaults? MORE (R-Mo.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee Tim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls MORE (R-Texas) respectively raised $3 million and $5.3 million in the first quarter. 

Democrats have also seen record fundraising numbers this year. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced last month that it brought in $18.4 million during the first two months of the year. The DNC has not yet reported its March fundraising totals.