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Democrats calling on donors to catch up to Trump’s big fundraising haul

April 15, 2019

Democrats raised the alarm Monday about President Trump’s massive first-quarter fundraising haul for reelection, warning liberal donors that the president’s campaign war chest could leave Democratic challengers “in the dust.”

“Now that we’ve seen how much cash the GOP has stockpiled, we’ve got to take things up a notch,” said a fundraising email from the campaign of Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Her campaign noted that Mr. Trump’s reelection campaign raised $30.3 million in the first quarter of 2019, more than his two top Democratic rivals combined. The total brings the Trump campaign’s cash on hand to $40.8 million, far more than President Obama had raised by this point in 2011.

“The Trump campaign now has approximately 21 times more cash on hand than the Obama campaign had at this point in the reelection cycle,” the president’s campaign said Monday.

It said nearly 99 percent of its donations were of $200 or less, with an average donation of $34.26. The Republican National Committee, which brought in $45.8 million in the first quarter, had its best non-election year total ever.

The joint fundraising committees have enlisted 100,000 new small donors in 2019, the campaign said.

“The president is in a vastly stronger position at this point than any previous incumbent president running for reelection, and only continues to build momentum,” said Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale.

Combined, the president’s reelection campaign and the RNC reported $82 million in the bank. That total has Democrats scrambling to catch up.

“The GOP is already spending money on ads to get their message out,” Ms. Warren’s campaign letter warned. “Democrats can’t let the far right have a monopoly on what voters are hearing this year and we need resources right now to keep building our movement to win in 2020.

The Warren campaign said it is “back on track to hit our April fundraising goal.”

In the Democratic field, Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont has raised about $18.2 million, followed by Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California at $12 million and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas at $9.4 million.

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, who is near the top of most Democratic polls, has yet to join the race officially.