“It just poured gas on the situation where there is a ton of money being raised in all levels and all campaigns.”
The Republican National Committee (RNC) continues to bring in lots of money thanks to the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
The RNC’s fundraising platform has brought in over $30 million in three months since it launched in June. Officials credit the impeachment inquiry.
Trump announced WinRed’s launch in June. The RNC wanted a platform to compete with the Democrats’ ActBlue, which brings in money from small-dollar donations.
The fundraising began in July. It has brought in over $30 million since then. From Fox News:
In an interview, WinRed’s president, Gerrit Lansing, said the Democrats’ moves to ramp up impeachment efforts against Trump “helped a lot,” saying fundraising numbers “spiked” after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement of a formal inquiry last week.
WinRed has raised over $13.7 million from over 276,000 contributors since the announcement from Pelosi, D-Calif., he said.
“It just poured gas on the situation where there is a ton of money being raised in all levels and all campaigns,” Lansing said.
The platform has been off to a stronger start than the Democrats’ version which launched in 2004. FEC records indicated the $30 million raised through WinRed was more than what ActBlue — the Dems’ big online fundraising platform — raised in its first three and a half years. The records showed that ActBlue raised $99,000 in its first quarter of operations from June to August 2004.
Lansing credited the drama around impeachment.
The RNC learned how to operate WinRed from the way the Democrat National Committee (DNC) at first treated ActBlue.
ActBlue became active in 2004, but the DNC did not latch on until recently. Lansing pointed out that Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama did not use it.
Since the DNC embraced ActBlue, it has “raised $246 million in the second fundraising quarter of this year.”
The news came after the RNC revealed it raised $23 million in August. The committee also has $53.8 million in cash on hand. From Fox News:
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Fox News that Democrats actually helped boost the fundraising totals.
“Thanks to boycotts from Hollywood liberals and the Castro brothers doxxing private citizens who support President Trump, the RNC’s fundraising hit record levels in August,” McDaniel said.
That was a reference to last month’s decision by Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, to name and shame Trump donors publicly in San Antonio — a move backed by his brother, presidential candidate Julián Castro. It later emerged that some of the individuals also had donated to the White House hopeful.
McDaniel added: “The more Democrats demonize President Trump and his supporters, the more boots we can put on the ground to re-elect him. Between the President’s accomplishments and our grassroots infrastructure, Republicans are going to be unstoppable in 2020!”
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