Two pro-Republican PACs raised $42 million in support of struggling Senate candidates during August, according to a Politico report released Wednesday.
The Senate Leadership Fund raised $28.2 million, and One Nation raised $14.2 million. The two groups combined raised over $100 million in the 2016 senatorial election season, and almost half of that total came from what was historically the lowest fundraising month of the year.
“Most donors go away; they go on vacation, they don’t want to talk about politics and they don’t want to write checks,” leader of both the Senate Leadership Fund and One Nation told Politico. “There was an earth-shattering explosion of donor interest and support … Far beyond anything we’ve seen in any previous cycle. Basically August was the month that donors rolled up their sleeves and got in the game.”
Law understands that maintaining the small four-seat majority in the Senate will be tough in November. “We’ve been very straightforward with our donors. Even under the best of circumstances, holding the Senate majority is an uphill battle.”
Law credited Trump’s poor polling results with driving the Republican donor base to give. “A lot of it was driven by Trump’s post-convention performance. It was a major galvanizing factor where donors decided they wanted to invest in something.”
“They were very concerned about the state of the presidential race and the idea of fighting to protect the Senate majority gave them a sense of mission and urgency and it was not a hard sell when we started contacting them in the month of August.”
Republican nominee Donald Trump reportedly did well with fundraising numbers for the presidential campaign as well. Trump told supporters that a lot of the funds raised came from Trump himself, not traditional Republican donors.
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