President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) maintained a strong fundraising pace in March despite the difficulties during the CCP Virus (also known as COVID-19) pandemic.
The Trump campaign, the RNC and its authorized joint fundraising committees brought in more than $63 million in March, making it the second-best month ever, just after $86 million raised in February, The Associated Press reported.
The new figure brings their fundraising in the first quarter of 2020 to more than $212 million, an increase of 36% from the final quarter of 2019, according to a calculation from Fox News.
Since 2017, the Trump campaign and the RNC committees brought in more than $677 million — a figure the campaign said is $270 million more than former President Barack Obama had at this point in 2012.
The Trump campaign ended March with $240 million total cash in hand, $40 million more than two months prior, keeping his campaign on track to maintain its huge cash advantage over Democrats.
The fundraising numbers come just as former Vice President Joe Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee and as the CCP Virus pandemic is sweeping the nation.
“Americans can see President Trump leading this nation through a serious crisis and they are responding with their continued enthusiastic support for his re-election,” Trump Campaign Manager Brad Parscale said in a statement Monday, April 13.
“Joe Biden, Democrats, and the media continue to oppose his every action, but the people know that President Trump is fighting for them so they are fighting for him as well,” Parscale added.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also said on Monday that the enthusiasm for President Trump and Republican Party remains strong, “and we continue to be all systems go toward November.”
Democrats have yet to release their March hauls, but at the end of February, Biden’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) held just roughly $20 million combined, accounting for debt held by the national party.