Trump campaign raises $210 million in August, well short of Biden’s take
President Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee raised $210 million in August — their biggest month so far — but still well short of the record-breaking $364 million former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democrats hauled in during the same time period.
The Trump campaign said it had raised more than $1.3 billion since the beginning of the season, Fox News first reported on Wednesday.
“Both campaigns are raising massive amounts of money, but have very different priorities about how to spend it. In addition to advertising, President Trump’s campaign has invested heavily in a muscular field operation and ground game that will turn out our voters, while the Biden campaign is waging almost exclusively an air war,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement to Fox News. “We like our strategy better.”
Stepien went on to say that the campaign “will have all the resources we need to spread the message of President Trump’s incredible record of achievement, on the ground and on the air, and define Joe Biden as a tool of the radical left.”
The statement said the campaign raised $76 million over the four days of the Republican National Convention last month.
It’s unclear, though, how much cash-on-hand the campaign has at the moment.
Trump on Tuesday said he would be willing to donate money to his campaign from his own personal fortune to ensure that his reelection campaign has the funds to compete during the remaining two months of the election.
“If I have to, I would,” Trump said. “But we’re doing very well. We needed to spend more money up front because of the pandemic and the statements being made by Democrats, which were, again, disinformation.”
The president made the comments after the New York Times reported that of the $1.1 billion the campaign raised since the beginning of 2019 through July, $800 million had already been spent, losing the $200 million cash edge it had on Biden.
Democrats raised $48 million in the 48 hours after Biden selected Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate.
They also took in a total of $70 million during the Democratic National Convention.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said enthusiasm for Trump and the GOP “strengthened in August as Americans know the economy, law and order, and American greatness are on the ballot this November.
“Thanks to early investments in field, digital and data, we have built the most sophisticated ground game in history. Democrats simply cannot compete with our grassroots army of two million volunteers, and the millions of door knocks and phone calls we make each week will prove to be a critical advantage for President Trump and Republicans come Election Day,” McDaniel said in the statement.
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