- President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign raised $10m in the first quarter of 2018
- The campaign operation now has $28 million in cash
- Trump is reportedly using the money to fund his legal expenses, pay campaign staff, rallies and digital adverts
The re-election campaign team of the United States president, Donald Trump, disclosed on Sunday, April 15, that it raised $10 million in the first quarter of the year, leaving the re-election operation with $28 million in cash.
Trump’s re-election campaign finished 2017 with $22 million in cash.
According to Reuters, President Trump spent $3.9 million in the first quarter.
NAIJ.com gathered that unlike presidents before him, Trump has opted to begin active fundraising in the early part of his first term.
In addition to raising money for his own campaign, President Trump has also reportedly collected funds for joint efforts with the Republican National Committee, which uses that money to help congressional candidates.
According to disclosures filed with Federal Election Commission, Trump spent about $834,000 on legal expenses during the first quarter of the year –down from the $1.1 million he spent in each of the previous two quarters.
Trump’s campaign has reportedly used millions of his campaign cash in the past year to pay legal fees, including some fees associated with responding to the Russia investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. His campaign spent over $3 million in 2017 in legal fees.
In addition to legal fees, he has also used the money to keep a small campaign staff, to fund campaign rallies and to pay for digital advertising focused on his supporters.
NAIJ.com previously reported that barely after completing one year in the White House, President Trump started preparing for 2020 re-election, selecting Brad Parscale as the campaign manager.
In a statement on Tuesday, February 27, President Trump announced that the 42-year-old Parscale would begin preparing the groundwork for the 2020 presidential campaign. Recall that during the 2016 campaign, Parscale was in charge of overseeing the campaign’s digital media strategy and its online fundraising campaigns.
Parscale’s appointment to the top position in the re-election campaign apparatus is likely to indicate that Trump plans on focusing heavily on online strategies to reach voters and get out the vote in three years, the Independent reports.
Trump filed for re-election the day he took office, an unusual move for an incumbent president. Usually, incumbent presidents have waited until after their second year in office to begin their re-election campaign.
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