The online fundraising machine that Donald Trump’s campaign built with the Republican National Committee kept churning after his election victory, bringing in millions in the three weeks after he won, new Federal Election Commission filings show.
Donors gave at least $3.5 million after Nov. 8 to the national party and two joint fundraising committees with the Trump campaign. That does not include many low-dollar contributions, which are not required to be reported by date, or contributions made directly to Trump’s campaign committee, which were not individually available late Thursday night.
The cash flow suggests that the donor file the Trump campaign built with the RNC will continue to pay dividends. That list swelled to 10 million email addresses by the end of the campaign, including those of more than 2.5 million donors, according to party officials.
The post-election donations came as a Trump fundraising committee peppered supporters with email solicitations offering Trump-branded merchandise and Christmas ornaments, helping the president-elect outraise his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for the first and only time this cycle.
From Oct. 20 to Nov. 28, Trump’s campaign and two joint fundraising committees with the RNC brought in a total of $111 million, edging out the nearly $106 million Clinton’s campaign raised with its two joint fundraising committees.
The Republican’s total was boosted by the $10 million he gave his campaign in late October. In all, the billionaire real estate developer put $66.13 million of his personal funds into his bid — a substantial sum, but far short of the $100 million he repeatedly said he would end up contributing.
Over the course of the campaign, Clinton substantially outraised Trump, bringing in more than the $1 billion she aimed to collect in conjunction with the national party. More than 3.1 million individual donors supported her bid. Trump’s campaign collected $853 million with the RNC, filings show.
In the final stretch of the race, the Republican nominee’s spending picked up — but he still spent far less than his rival.
Trump raced through $94 million between late October and late November. The biggest share, $39 million, went to the firm American Media & Advocacy Group to place television ads. Another $29 million for digital consulting and online ads was paid to Giles-Parscale, the company of the campaign’s digital director Brad Parscale. The polling firm of campaign manager Kellyanne Conway received $427,000.
The campaign also spent $2.9 million reimbursing Trump properties for expenses in the final filing period. Trump’s air charter Tag Air was paid more than $2 million, Trump Tower received $462,000 and Trump International in Las Vegas was reimbursed $177,000.
In all, his campaign spent about $12.5 million reimbursing Trump companies and family members for expenses over the course of the campaign.
Trump’s campaign ended last month with $7.6 million in the bank. It also had $767,000 in outstanding bills — all owed to pollster Tony Fabrizio's firm. The campaign is continuing to contest the amount Fabrizio says he is owed, the latest filing shows.
Clinton’s campaign raced through $130.8 million in the final stretch. She had just $839,000 on hand at the end of November and no debt.