President Trump kicked off his re-election campaign Tuesday night with a rousing rally in Florida that culminated with the president raking in a stunning $24.8 million in less than 24 hours.
“@realDonaldTrump has raised a record breaking $24.8M in less than 24 hours for his re-election. The enthusiasm across the country for this President is unmatched and unlike anything we’ve ever seen! #trump2020 #KeepAmericaGreat,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted early Wednesday morning.
@realDonaldTrump has raised a record breaking $24.8M in less than 24 hours for his re-election. The enthusiasm across the country for this President is unmatched and unlike anything we’ve ever seen! #trump2020 #KeepAmericaGreat
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) June 19, 2019
According to one RNC spokesman, the cash was flowing in at $1 million an hour, FOX-10 TV reported.
For comparison, former Vice President Joe Biden collected in $6.3 million in the first 24 hours after he announced his candidacy, and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont hauled in $5.9 million.
RNC Communications Director Michael Ahrens pointed out in a post on Twitter that Trump’s haul crushed his opponents fundraising efforts. “For those keeping score, that’s more than the 5 highest polling Democrats — combined.”
For those keeping score, that's more than the 5 highest polling Democrats – combined. https://t.co/krP2ehbfIw
— Michael Ahrens (@michaelahrens) June 19, 2019
For other comparisons, the Sanders campaign collected $18.2 million in the first 41 days of his campaign; Sen. Kamala Harris of California hauled in $12 million during the first 90 days of 2019, while former Texas Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke of Texas raised $9.4 million and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised $7.1 million in the first quarter.
The RNC said that the nearly $25 million will be split between the Trump re-election campaign and two joint Trump-RNC fundraising committees, Trump Victory and Trump Make America Great Again Committee, the Wall Street Journal reported. “The Trump campaign and the RNC together raised more than $75 million in the first quarter and had more than $80 million in the bank at the end of March,” the paper said.