$88 Million and Counting: Trump Amasses Huge Head Start for 2020 Campaign

President Trump has broken with the precedent of his most of his predecessors campaigning and fund-raising for his re-election since even before he took office.

WASHINGTON — President Trump has raised more than $88 million for his re-election campaign over the last year and a half, giving him a dramatic head start on prospective Democratic challengers in the 2020 race.

Mr. Trump’s campaign committee, combined with two joint committees formed with the Republican Party, ended last month with nearly $53.6 million in the bank — almost $10 million more than their previous largest balance — according to finance reports filed Sunday evening with the Federal Election Commission.

The totals reflect a brisk and continued fund-raising effort by Mr. Trump’s campaign operation that, in a departure from usual presidential practice, started even before he took office. Most new presidents shift their political operations to their national party committee until launching their re-election campaign after the first midterm election of their tenure.

Mr. Trump’s campaign and the two joint committees — Trump Victory and Trump Make America Great Again — have continued spending aggressively to cultivate donors through both online list-building targeting small donors and fund-raising events for big donors.

The largest donation in the second quarter came from Andrew Beal, a Texas-based banker who once squared off against Mr. Trump in a bankruptcy case. He donated $339,000 to Trump Victory.

The committee received $169,500 from the real estate developer Stanley Chera. Mr. Chera partnered with the company owned by the family of Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, on a $1 billion deal to sell the retail space at 666 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

The three Trump committees raised more than $17.7 million from the beginning of April through the end of June, the period covered in Sunday’s reports. That was the second-largest quarterly haul since he took office, though it was a drop of nearly $2.5 million from the preceding quarter.

The committees spent more than $8.5 million in the second quarter.

Some of the largest payments — totaling more than $2.4 million — went to the companies owned by Mr. Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, which specialize in online and email fund-raising. Mr. Trump’s campaign appears to be renting out its email list to other committees through Mr. Parscale’s firm, a not-uncommon revenue-generating technique used by committees that have built files of active supporters. Mr. Parscale’s firm has paid the campaign more than $236,000 in list rental income, the filings show.

The Trump campaign and its affiliated committees also spent heavily on merchandise, including the “Make America Great Again” hats that are the most recognizable branding of his campaign. The reports show nearly $600,000 worth of payments to an array of companies for hats, T-shirts, stickers, towels and commemorative coins to be given or sold to supporters.

The three committees also continued spending on legal fees, including paying firms that are representing the Trump campaign and its associates in investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The committees spent nearly $1.2 million on legal fees in the second quarter, bringing their total legal spending to more than $8.6 million since the beginning of 2017.

The biggest portion — nearly $208,000 — went to the firm Jones Day, which is representing the Trump campaign in connection with the investigations.

But the firm, which has been paid more than $3 million since the beginning of 2017 by Mr. Trump’s committees, also represents the campaign in matters related to election and campaign finance law, and litigation stemming from the campaign. It is not clear what percentage of the legal payments relate to those matters, as opposed to the Russia investigations.

Mr. Trump’s campaign also spent nearly $148,000 at Trump Organization properties, including the Trump International Hotel in Washington, bringing the total spending at such properties to more than $856,000 since the beginning of 2017.

Separately, America First Action, a “super PAC” dedicated to supporting Mr. Trump and allied candidates, filed a report on Sunday night revealing that it had raised more than $5 million between mid-May and the end of June.

Major contributions came from the Los Angeles real estate developer Geoffrey Palmer, who donated $2 million, and the casino executive Cherna Moskowitz, who donated $1 million.

A company called Global Energy Producers, which listed an address in Boca Raton, Fla., donated $325,000.

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