There Are Reasons Trump-Backed Candidates Can’t Raise Money

“A lot of candidates thought that the Trump endorsement automatically meant they’d raise a lot of money. They didn’t realize you have to do the work. Trump has always been a better attacker than a booster. Only so many right-wing candidates can go on Fox News and OAN, or even get booked. Not every Trump-endorsed candidate is made to go and say crazy stuff on TV.”

— A veteran GOP operative, quoted by National Journal, on the fundraising struggles of GOP candidates backed by Donald Trump.

Trump’s Candidates Can’t Raise the Do-Re-Me

“Former President Trump has been a prolific fundraiser for himself. But in a sign of his diminishing influence within the Republican Party, Trump isn’t seeing his endorsements translate into campaign cash for his most high-profile allies on the campaign trail. It’s becoming clear Donald Trump’s popularity isn’t easily transferable to candidates who aren’t named Trump.”

National Journal

Sanders Raises $10 Million in First Week of Candidacy

$10 million

New York Times: “By Monday, after less than a week as a presidential candidate, Mr. Sanders has collected $10 million from 359,914 donors, campaign officials said. But perhaps just as daunting a figure for his rivals is this: Nearly 39 percent of those donors used an email address that had never before been used to give to Mr. Sanders. … For Mr. Sanders, the flood of money from fresh email addresses suggested to his team that he was dramatically expanding a donor network that had already dwarfed his 2020 competition.”

Nunes Supporters Are Not Constituents

$19,000

Fresno Bee: “Rep. Devin Nunes’ big role in the unfolding drama between Justice Department and the Trump administration has drawn national headlines — and allowed him to collect big money from D.C. area donors. But the California Republican is also being dogged by accusations he’s no longer focused on his constituents. … Of the more than $1 million Nunes raised from individual donors, roughly $19,000, or 2 percent, came from people in his district, which includes chunks of Fresno and Tulare Counties. That’s the smallest percentage of any the eight California Republicans in Congress who Democrats are targeting for defeat this fall.”

Nunes Rewarded for Partisan Antics

$2.25 million

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) “raised an extraordinary approximate sum of $2.25 million in six weeks as grassroots Republicans rewarded the House Intelligence Committee chairman for quarterbacking President Trump’s counterattack against allegations of collusion with Russia in 2016,” the Washington Examiner reports. “The haul should push Nunes’ midterm war chest past $5 million, with donations pouring in from a national fundraising program.”

Trump Already Raising Money for Re-Election

$13.2 million

President Trump’s reelection campaign “is off to a quick start, pulling in $13.2 million through a trio of committees in the first three months of the year, while paying an unusually large staff of about 20 employees,” Politico reports. “The FEC reports for the three Trump committees suggested that much of their fundraising bounty came from the sale of branded merchandise sold around Trump’s inauguration and early presidency.”