- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Republican National Committee announced a record-breaking month of fundraising under President Trump, pulling in $16 million in August and bringing its total haul for the midterm campaign to more than $250 million.

The party reported nearly $42 million in the bank at the end of the month and no outstanding debt, leaving it positioned to spend in key races and on voter turnout operations in the weeks leading up to the November elections.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel credited Mr. Trump with the numbers, which over the last two months have set records for non-presidential year fundraising.

“Enthusiasm for President Trump and his successful agenda is fueling our record-breaking fundraising and energizing our grassroots supporters,” she said. “With less than 50 days until the midterm elections, we have built the largest ground game ever, and we are ready to defy history on Nov. 6th.”

Mr. Trump has kept up one of the more intense political schedules of a president whose name is not on the ballot. He has held rallies in a number of states with key Senate races and has headlined a number of fundraisers.

He has one slated for Friday in Nevada with Sen. Dean Heller, the Republican incumbent facing a tough re-election race, and Danny Tarkanian, the GOP’s nominee for a House seat.

The invitation to the event, obtained by Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston, says prices for the event are $50,000 per couple to be a “host,” meaning access to a roundtable, and $15,000 per couple to be a “sponsor,” which offers a “VIP photograph.”

August fundraising reports were due by midnight Thursday. The Democratic National Committee had yet to release its numbers as of press time.

But heading into the month, the RNC had a clear advantage, outraising the DNC by $111 million in the cycle and holding $34 million more cash on hand. The DNC also carried $6.7 million in debt.

Things are going better for Democrats’ House and Senate campaign committees, both of which are outraising their GOP counterparts and had more money available heading into August.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced a new August fundraising record after raking in $15.4 million.

“With the primary season over, there is no question that Democrats’ historic fundraising and grassroots support puts us in a strong position to take back the House,” said DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Lujan in a statement this week.

The National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP’s campaign arm, had not released its August numbers.

• Seth McLaughlin can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com.

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