Republicans add $10 million, 600,000 more donors during Trump impeachment

While Donald Trump will go down in U.S. history as only the third president to be impeached — and the second in 20 years — the ordeal has been a boon to the Republican Party.

The party has managed to raise $10 million off the Democrats’ impeachment effort as well as add 600,000 additional donors, according to data released by the Republican National Committee.

The RNC’s deputy chief of staff, Mike Reed, told Axios that “voters are consistently expressing how they want Washington to focus on real issues.”

Over the past week, the Trump 2020 campaign and the RNC took in millions in small-dollar donations as the House Judiciary Committee was passing two articles of impeachment — obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.

The campaign added that in late September, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the initial impeachment inquiry into the president, about $15 million was raised.

One campaign official said that about one-quarter of Trump rally registrants have been self-described Democrats or independents since the inquiry started.

The Center for Responsive Politics’ Open Secrets website reported in mid-October that the RNC and Trump’s campaign have raised “a record-breaking $334 million to advance GOP campaigns nationwide.”

Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has lagged “far behind in its lackluster fundraising efforts, with $8.6 million on hand through the end of September,” the site noted.

“Falling short in campaign funds, the committee is limited in its ability to help Democratic candidates ahead of 2020,” the site continued.

“The RNC entered September with $53.8 million on hand and ended the month with $59.2 million in the bank. That’s more than twice as much money as it had at the beginning of the year and far more than the $19.4 million it had at this point in 2015,” according to Open Secrets.

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