- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 19, 2019

President Trump raised a record $24.8 million in the first 24 hours after his reelection kickoff rally, campaign officials said Wednesday, highlighting his popularity among Republicans and the power of incumbency.

The president’s impressive total surpassed in one day the amount raised by any Democratic presidential candidate in the entire first quarter of the year. He also raised more than the top five Democrats combined in the first 24 hours of their campaign launches.

“The enthusiasm across the country for this President is unmatched and unlike anything we’ve ever seen!” tweeted Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

The cash haul underscored the advantage that the incumbent enjoys over the field of almost two dozen Democratic candidates, who cannot fundraise jointly with the Democratic National Committee until the party chooses a nominee next summer.

The RNC said the money was split among Mr. Trump’s reelection campaign and two joint Trump-RNC fundraising committees. Major donors can give up to $355,000 each to the RNC, while Democratic candidates currently can collect a maximum of $2,800 from individuals.

The Trump campaign raised $8 million in a phone drive and about $6 million in online donations, while the RNC collected $10.8 million from large donors.

The president also held a roundtable with supporters and a fundraiser Wednesday at his Trump National Doral Miami club, where the minimum donation was $100,000.

Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh called the one-day total “jaw dropping.”

“Do the math: that’s more than a million dollars an hour for an entire day,” Mr. Murtaugh tweeted. “On top of an electric rally in Orlando, this shows huge Trump enthusiasm.”

Republican businessman Herman Cain, who withdrew from consideration as a nominee to the Federal Reserve this year, tweeted: “Money won’t necessarily win an election, but it’s nice to have.”

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden received glowing media reports for raising a “record-breaking” $500,000 on Monday night in an event at the Manhattan townhouse of billionaire hedge fund manager Jim Chanos.

As he gears up for the first Democratic debate next week, Mr. Biden suggested that his fundraising has reached nearly $20 million. He launched his campaign in late April; Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont led the Democratic field in first-quarter fundraising with about $20.7 million.

Mr. Biden raised about $6.3 million in the first 24 hours after his campaign kickoff. Mr. Sanders raised $5.9 million in his first 24 hours, and Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California raised about $1.5 million.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas raised $6.1 million in the first day of his campaign but hasn’t been able to break into the top five in most polls.

The Trump campaign and the RNC raised more than $75 million combined in the first quarter and reported more than $80 million in the bank.

The Democratic National Committee reported $7.6 million in the bank in the first quarter but also had $6.2 million in debt.

The White House also confirmed that Mr. Trump will speak to thousands of conservative Christians next Wednesday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s conference in Washington.

The president’s address to some of his most ardent supporters will come just hours before Democratic presidential candidates hold their first debate of the primary campaign in Miami.

The last time the president addressed the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “road to majority” conference was in 2017. Mr. Trump is likely to remind the group of his success in appointing conservative federal judges, including two Supreme Court justices, Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh.

At the president’s reelection campaign kickoff rally in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday night, he told supporters that he soon will nominate his 145th federal judge in less than three years. Of those, 107 have been confirmed by the Senate.

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