Moments ago, GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted:
Momentum for @realDonaldTrump & Republicans is growing stronger, & we are investing our resources to WIN.
Just last week, we called 10 MILLION voters to say: While Biden hides in his basement & Dems play politics, POTUS is delivering results!
TheHill reports the Republican National Committee (RNC) raised more than $27 million last month in a sign that the party’s finances have gone largely untouched by the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic meltdown.
The RNC brought in a total of $27.1 million in April, including transfers from other committees, and will report more than $77 million in cash on hand to the Federal Election Commission this week when monthly financial reports are due.
The $27 million haul nearly ties the RNC’s best month so far this year. In January, the party brought in nearly $27.2 million. But the April total still surpasses the committee’s fundraising in both February and March, when it raked in $26.2 million and $24 million, respectively.
In a statement, RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel attributed the party’s April sum to an energized base of support behind President Trump and the GOP.
“Another record-breaking fundraising month reaffirms that momentum for President Trump and Republicans across the country only continues to grow stronger,” she said.
In total, the RNC, the Trump campaign and its affiliated groups brought in about $61.7 million in April and are currently sitting on $255.6 million in cash on hand.
It’s unclear exactly how much money was transferred to the RNC from other committees, but the party’s April haul signals that it isn’t yet feeling the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced businesses across the country to shut down and prompted millions of layoffs.
The Labor Department announced earlier this month that the U.S. unemployment rate had soared to 14.7 percent, its highest level since the Great Depression.
Other campaigns and committees have seen a dip in fundraising in the weeks since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the U.S. The Biden campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised a combined $60.5 million in April, down from about $79 million in March.
The reason for the decreased fundraising numbers is twofold. High unemployment numbers and a turbulent stock market mean that many would-be donors may be less willing to spend on political causes. At the same time, the public health risks associated with the pandemic have put a stop to in-person fundraising events and have forced candidates and committees to take their efforts entirely online.