Presidential campaigns

Trump campaign raises $30 million in first quarter of 2019

Trump at a rally
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The Trump campaign told the AP on Sunday that it raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, bringing its total cash on hand to $40.8 million.

Why it matters: The AP notes that this is "an unprecedented war chest for an incumbent president this early in a campaign," especially with the Republican National Committee also raising $45.8 million in the first quarter — bringing the pro-Trump effort's total cash on hand to $82 million. 99% of donations were $200 or less, with an average contribution of $34.26.

Top black donors want 2020 Dems to stick with super PACs

Cory Booker and Kamala Harris
2020 candidates Cory Booker and Kamala Harris. Photo: Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for NAACP

The Collective PAC, which helps elect black candidates to federal and state offices, has asked major progressive groups to stop pushing Democratic candidates away from super PACs, Politico reports.

Driving the news: Collective PAC co-founders Quentin James and Stefanie Brown James argued in a letter obtained by Politico that super PACs are a vital means of fundraising for black candidates, especially in primaries. According to its website, The Collective PAC has previously contributed campaign funds for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and 2020 candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).