Even though Republicans have taken over the White House and Congress, they aren’t quite taking it for granted, yet.
The Washington Post reported they are bringing in huge amounts of money via fundraising for the Republican National Committee and Trump’s own campaign accounts.
‘President Trump’s supporters kept up a robust stream of donations in the first quarter of 2017, pouring more than $42 million into the coffers of his campaign and the Republican National Committee, according to new Federal Election Commission filings and party officials.’
It’s not really surprising they are still raising funds. Do they ever really stop? Do they at least take a breather, for a week maybe? What is surprising is the amount of money Trump and Republicans have raised in the first quarter of his term.
When compared to former President Barack Obama’s past fundraising, there’s a shocking difference. During the first quarter of 2009, the Washington Post reported Obama and the Democratic National Committee raised $15.8 million.
Trump and Republicans have doubled that. DOUBLED. How? How is America’s most hated president able to raise double what the beloved Obama raised in the first term?
Trump has never stopped hawking merchandise is one reason. They didn’t even stop after election day. Before the inauguration, donors were offered trips to the inauguration in exchange for donations. He also continued to sale the Trump-campaign/presidency merchandise. The Washington Post reports that helped Trump earn $8.4 million for his 2020 reelection bid.
Furthermore, they are STILL selling T-shirts, bumper stickers, and the usual fare of campaign merchandise that we all buy usually during the campaign season. Those sales brought in $4.8 million during the quarter.
What’s more genius is the way they are spending the money too. The money keeps going back into their pockets. The Post broke it down.
‘Trump’s campaign also directed more money to Trump properties this year. In the first quarter, his campaign and a joint fundraising committee spent nearly $500,000 for facility rental and lodging at Trump hotels, rent at the Trump Tower in New York and catering from Trump restaurants, filings show. During the 2016 election, the campaign and the RNC spent more than $14 million on Trump hotels, office rental, airfare, catering and other expenses.’
So, the money they are bringing in is still going into Trump pockets. Whether or not they then fuel that back into the RNC pockets and campaign fund pockets is the question, really. If Trump wants to guarantee himself a 2020 reelection, he’ll be sure to keep the steady stream of cash raining down.
Trump is a business guy – and whether we like him or not – he’s smart at it. He’s at least smart enough to file bankruptcy on several companies and still be able to fly around in his own personal jet. Furthermore, he started out as a zero and no one was that excited to donate their cash to him. Now, he’s the Republican hero and president of the United States of America.
What’s interesting though is the amount of money Trump has raised could work for him or work against him. Why? Think about it. Hillary Clinton was the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. The Clinton’s are the fundraising machines in the political world. If they don’t know how to do anything else, they know how to raise some money.
She lost. She lost the election. Trump used the fact she raised so much and spent so much on her campaign as a talking point against her. The same could be used against Trump.
However, it’s not something Democrats can ignore. Trump with or without money is dangerous and will always be dangerous.
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