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Small donors dominate giving to Trump 2020 re-election campaign


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.

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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.



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