President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) raised $210 million in August, which is their largest fundraising month so far, officials said.
Over the four-day GOP convention last month, about $76 million was raised, the RNC announced.
Bill Stepien, Trump’s new campaign manager, told news outlets that the RNC is focused on funding the campaign’s “muscular field operation and ground game,” adding that rival Joe Biden’s campaign has placed more ads on television.
“We like our strategy better,” Stepien said. “The Trump 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.”
Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, raised $364.5 million in August, officials said in a statement last week.
“That figure blows me away,” Biden said in a statement on Sept. 2, adding, “We have to keep breaking records if we want to ensure a fighting chance at winning this thing.”
The Democratic nominee urged supporters to continue donating to his campaign, saying, “But we’re not done yet, there is still much work to do in the 9 weeks ahead. Trump’s money machine remains.”
Trump’s campaign in July announced that $165 million was raised, or around $25 million more than Biden.
“The President’s support continues to increase while Joe Biden just posted a down fundraising month from his basement,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said of July’s intake in a statement. The Trump campaign has yet to announce August fundraising figures, but his campaign recently acknowledged it was conserving money for after Labor Day.
On Tuesday, when he was asked about whether he would contribute his own money towards reelection, Trump told reporters: “Yeah, if I have to, I would. But we’re doing very well.”
“We have much more money than we had last time going into the last two months. I think double and triple,” Trump remarked. “But if we needed any more, I’d put it up personally, like I did in the primaries last time,” he said, noting that he “put up a lot of money” in the 2016 primaries.
“If I have to, I’ll do it here,” he said. “But we don’t have to because we have double and maybe even triple what we had … four years ago.”
The president loaned about $43 million of his own money during the 2016 Republican primary, and he routinely touted his self-funding as being free of special interest groups. He has also refused to take a presidential salary, instead opting to donate it to various causes.
It came after unconfirmed weekend reports alleged that Trump’s campaign is running out of money.
“President Trump’s fundraising is breaking records and we are paying close attention to the budget, allowing us to invest twice as much from now until Election Day than we did in 2016,” Tim Murtaugh, a Trump campaign spokesman, told Bloomberg News on Tuesday. “President Trump has also built the world’s greatest digital fundraising operation, a dominant ground game, and a third advantage Joe Biden can never match—enthusiasm.”
Tom Ozimek contributed to this report.
From The Epoch Times