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Trump Starting to Reach Traditional GOP Donors

Trump Starting to Reach Traditional GOP Donors

President Trump’s re-election campaign is off to a great start. 

His fundraising effort, based closely on the Pioneers network that helped Bush win in 2000, rewards high-performing bundlers with invitations to attend high-profile events and join prestigious clubs.

“I’m really hoping to make sure we get every person that was a Rubio or Bush supporter in 2016…and make sure that they’re working for the president and even going back to a lot of the Romney people from 2012,” says RNC finance chairman Todd Ricketts. “It’s the same pool.”

The fundraising campaign marks a significant turnaround for Trump – who in 2016 criticized opponents for their reliance on the GOP establishment – and for traditional donors, who largely opposed Trump in 2016.

“All you have to do is look at what the other side is gearing up for and this is a pretty easy decision for a lot of people,” says lobbyist Geoff Verhoff, who supported Marco Rubio in 2016. “From a policy standpoint, there’s virtually nothing they disagree with, then layer on top of that the choice that the other side is presenting to the country and it’s a no-brainer.”

Leading the effort to win over traditional GOP donors is Jack Oliver, who aided George W. Bush and Jeb Bush during their presidential campaigns. “I think you’ll have a significant number of Bush and Romney veterans that were on the sidelines or didn’t get overly involved in 2016 but will be involved in the 2020 campaign,” says Oliver.

Other establishment figures expected to join the campaign include Geoff Verhoff, Anthony Gioia, and Rick Hohlt. “I think people are totally impressed by how the campaign is being set up, efficient and focused like a business,” says Hohlt, a longtime Bush family benefactor.

Trump’s re-election campaign has also been successful in attracting small donors, who helped the GOP team raise $30 million in the first quarter (that’s about 21x more cash than Obama’s re-election team had in 2011).

The average small-dollar contribution was about $34, and nearly 99% of donations were less than $200. Combined with the $46 million raised in the first quarter by the RNC, Trump’s re-election campaign has about $82 million cash on hand.

According to Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale, the tremendous support for Trump is the result of “promises made, promises kept” as well as the “enormous appeal of his determination to Make American Great Again.”

Trump 2020 aides will discuss the fundraising project at length with key donors on May 7th during a closed-door event in Washington, DC.

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  1. Down To Earth Comments

    So much going on…. letting criminals in prison is sick, they gave up that right when they broke the law, re: drugs, murder, rape, violence, many in other counties would be put to death for their crimes and not costing taxpayers millions of dollars to care for in prison. Such an action is disrespectful to every taxpayer, victims families, and law abiding citizens. Leave it to Dems to bring some flakey ass legislation to gain them more votes. Their trying the same with Illegal Aliens…. no way in hell they should be voting, they’re are criminals by crossing our border, don’t pay taxes, sucking benefit programs dry, and have no intention of assimilating in our culture. Most liberals, left-wingers can flap their mouths , but can’t wipe their own asses. America voters need to stop this b.s.

    E. Warren…. same all shit. Lied, forged college application more than once, used fake minority’s status to gain position of power….. now trying to buy votes by Black money reparations and free college and fore giving college student loans. I worked my way thru college, took more than a full time load and worked 8 hrs a day. Once my career was in place I did the same thing and obtained 3 more degrees. . No , I don’t want a cent of my tax money going to blacks for something that happened 150 years ago, nor bailing out college kids who should be thankful that they have the privilege of going. They signed on to the debt and if they are successful it will earn them 4 times as much in their life as if they didn’t go. Warren , your a hypocritical flake, your washed up. Have a hard time understanding how your district voters could even vote you in to office! They can’t be the sharpest tools in the box!

  2. James


    I worked with our president for four years he was then and is now a bully.

    I also was a republican until that cartoon was president by mark burnetts magic.

    Do you really truly think he is the best man for the job?

  3. Forex Review

    The much-hated GOP establishment and donor class is starting to warm to Donald Trump ? The Washington Post ’s Robert Costa reports: big story in GOP politics tonight, based on new reporting: donor class is privately reaching out to Trump camp as they prep for possible nom.