The Republican National Committee (RNC) announced some stunning fundraising numbers in the first quarter of 2021. The RNC announced that they raised roughly $17.8 million in March alone – a huge sum in an ‘off-year’ from the election cycle, especially considering that the Republican president lost just a few months ago.
The total quarterly cash haul was equally good. First quarter totals came to nearly $44.4 million.
Many will undoubtedly chalk up the fundraising haul to the breakneck speed the new Democratic Congress and President are re-shaping policy away from the Trump years.
However, Democrats didn’t fare so bad themselves – the DNC reportedly brought in over $18 million in January and February.
For Republicans, it’s an indication of the influence that former President Donald Trump still holds over the party.
While many establishment Republicans see Donald Trump as the problem, his supporters see him as the solution to any woes the party may be experiencing.
Immediately following the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, many of those establishments Republicans, such as Cheney and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, were quick to blame Trump for the violence.
Trump and McConnell have continued their war of words. Trump has blasted McConnell on several occasions, most recently at a meeting of possible GOP hopefuls at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
McConnell may be seeing the financial advantage to Republicans to having Trump around. According to various reports, McConnell would like to call a truce with Trump. He said that,
“What I’m concentrating on is the future and what we are confronted with here is a totally left-wing administration, with a slight majority in the House, a 50-50 Senate trying to transform America into something no one voted for last year,”