The $42 million is more than twice the amount raised for former President Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) following the 2008 presidential election.
Trump's campaign committee spent $6.3 million from January through March, including $1.2 million on merchandise and "Make America Great Again" hats, sales of which helped his fundraising.
The Trump campaign committee, Donald J. Trump for President Inc., raised $7.1 million during the first three months of 2017, according to reports filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission. And Trump Victory, which includes the Trump campaign, the RNC and 11 state parties, received about $67,000 total during the same period.
Thanks to a steady stream of donations from small donors, Trump has raised more than $42 million for his 2020 re-election bid in the first quarter of 2017, The Washington Post reported.
Much of the money came from small donors who gave less than $200 in response to email solicitations urging them to support the president's agenda and stymie "the Fake News and Democrats in Congress", as one put it.
Trump began his reelection campaign nearly as soon as he was sworn into office, already branding himself with a new slogan: "Keep America Great".
Emails advertising Trump-branded merchandise and offering donors the chance to win a trip to Washington for his inauguration have helped him collect almost $9 million for a 2020 reelection campaign. That includes giving more than $70,000 to the campaign committee's manager, Michael Glassner, who was Trump's deputy campaign manager, and more than $40,000 to John Pence, Vince President Mike Pence's nephew, who serves as the committee's deputy executive director. At least another $25,000 went to other properties, including Trump's hotel in Las Vegas and a golf course he owns in Florida.