The Republican National Committee (RNC) announced on Tuesday that it had raised an off-cycle record of $17.8 million for the month of March, its third-best March fundraising haul ever.
The March total brought the RNC’s first-quarter total to $44.4 million, which is also a record for digital donations at a time when more people have become comfortable with online transactions during the pandemic.
Small-dollar donations made up 84% of the RNC’s total, and greatly contributed to its success, according to Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
More individual donations will be needed going forward as many large corporations including AT&T, Amazon, American Express and more than 130 others have suspended their donations to Republicans due to the Capitol riot and voting law changes. Hallmark even asked some Republican candidates to return $7,000 in donations it previously made.
Individual fundraising also strong
Individual lawmakers also reported record fundraising totals as Republican voters have become worried about the current Democrat-dominated Congress and presidency.
House GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (WY) brought in $1.5 million, a record for her despite unpopularity at home after she voted to impeach former President Donald Trump.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA) brought in $3.2 million after House Democrats stripped her of her committee assignments for making comments supportive of QAnon.
Sens. Ted Cruz (TX) and Josh Hawley (MO) also raised $5.3 million and $3 million respectively.
Is partisanship driving donations?
But Democrats have also raised record amounts of money with $18.4 million raised during the first two months of the quarter.
Candidates and state and local party organizations may be taking advantage of the increased partisanship of recent elections to solicit donations even on an off-cycle year, and Republicans also fear that Democrats will use their power to enact voting rule changes that could make it much harder to win elections fairly.
Indeed, the House has already passed such voting legislation, but it has been stopped so far in the Senate. Local elections may be getting much more focus this year as Republicans see changes at the local level as having the potential to make elections more secure.
National organizations like the RNC often funnel money to local candidates and elections, which could help these changes be brought about.