Three committees supporting President Donald Trump‘s 2020 re-election campaign raised $12.6 million during the first quarter of 2017 — with most of it coming from supporters writing checks for $200 or less — according to Federal Election Commission reports filed over the weekend.
- Donald J. Trump For President collected $3.1 million during the quarter, with $2.4 million coming in the form of “unitemized contributions” from those giving $200 or less.
- Trump Make America Great Again Committee reported $9.5 million in fundraising during the quarter, with $8 million coming from small donors. The committee transferred $3.3 million to the Donald J. Trump For President committee
- Trump Victory, a joint operation with the Republican National Committee, raised $51,480 in contributions.
Trump’s committees spent more than $4.7 million on “Make America Great” hats, T-shirts and other trinkets that are sold by the campaign, including at rallies.
The Trump campaign paid $1.6 million to the web design firm Giles-Parscale and separately paid Brad Parscale, the digital director of Trump’s 2016 campaign, $15,538. The Make America Great Again Committee paid another $15,000 to Parscale Strategy LLC for digital consulting.
The campaign also spent $274,013 to rent office space in Trump Tower in New York, $58,686 to Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach and $46,149 to Trump hotels in Chicago, Las Vegas and elsewhere.
Senior White House counselor Steve Bannon received $28,151 in consulting fees. The consulting firm of Dan Scavino, who is the White House social media director, received $14,500 from the Trump campaign.
The Trump campaign’s executive director, Michael Glassner, was paid $70,000 during the quarter. John Pence, a nephew of Vice President Mike Pence, received $40,000 during the quarter as deputy executive director.
While Trump often disparaged professional pollsters during the 2016 campaign, Trump’s re-election committee paid $74,583 for polling services to Gage Group-G2 Analytics.
LOCAL REPS’ FUND-RAISING
Freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, collected $355,835 in campaign contributions during the first quarter of 2017 to begin his defense of a Palm Beach-Treasure Coast House seat that is usually a battleground between Republicans and Democrats. Mast began April with $409,636 in cash on hand for his 2018 re-election effort.
Other Palm Beach County House members:
• Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, raised $206,046 and has $926,542 in cash on hand.
• Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, raised $51,772 and has $260,717 on hand.
• Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach, raised $28,855 and has $83,156 on hand.