Numerous reports in recent weeks have highlighted the fact that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee have outraised their GOP counterparts.
In the immediate wake of Thursday’s presidential debate, however, President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign set an online fundraising donation record and brought in substantially more than his rival, as reported by Breitbart.
“The hands-down winner”
While Biden’s higher rate of campaign donations painted the picture of a campaign flush with cash, the latest development is an indication that the tides might be turning in the crucial final days of the campaign.
According to Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, the campaign and Republican National Committee received approximately $26 million combined in the span of hours surrounding the final debate this week.
“The president was the hands-down winner,” Stepien told reporters during a Friday conference call. “We also saw last night our biggest online fundraising day ever, better than any day in 2016, better than any day during our convention.”
According to the campaign, the amount raised was 30% more than any previous high mark in online fundraising, and an increased percentage of those donations came from “reactivated” prior donors than in previous debates or major events, such as the convention.
Gary Coby, digital director for the Trump campaign, said: “In the final days of 2016 we saw a surge in online donations which preceded a rise in public polling, leading directly to victory. That surge is here again — triple in size and a week earlier than in 2016!”
“We don’t need money”
With Election Day drawing near, Stepien signaled that a substantial chunk of that money raised would be directly invested into a massive ad buy in Minnesota, a state that Trump just barely lost in 2016 and is quite possibly in play to be flipped this time around.
In 2016, the Trump campaign didn’t run many ads or have any sort of ground game in the state. This year, however, there are at least 60 campaign staffers on the ground.
Minnesota is now set to receive “air cover” through a massive purchase of statewide campaign ads.
For their part, Democrats and Biden brought in far less in online donations that same day — an estimated $4-5 million for the party through its ActBlue fundraising platform and about $12 million directly to the Biden campaign.
Of course, Trump downplayed the importance of donations during the debate, asserting: “We don’t need money. We have plenty of money. In fact, we beat Hillary Clinton with a tiny fraction of the money that she was able to raise.”