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Tim Scott’s presidential campaign garners a solid $6 million in second quarter fundraising



Republican presidential candidate Tim Scott raised $6.1 million for his campaign from more than 53,000 unique donors during the second quarter of this year, according to a memo from his campaign manager released Wednesday.

“We can also proudly confirm Tim will be on the debate stage for months,” said Jennifer DeCasper, Scott’s campaign manager, in the memo.

The self-reported figures are not yet available from the Federal Election Commission. The Republican National Committee has said each candidate must have a minimum of 40,000 unique donors to their principal presidential campaign committee, with at least 200 unique donors per state or territory in 20-plus states and/or territories. They must also meet certain polling thresholds and sign a pledge to support the Republican nominee.

The memo said that Scott, a senator from South Carolina, had more than $21 million in cash on hand and that the $6.1 million he raised is money that can be used only during the primary campaign. The campaign indicated that most of the donations came in the first six weeks after he launched his campaign. Scott launched an exploratory committee in early April that allowed him to ramp up fundraising and pay for travel, and he and made his campaign official in late May.

The cash-on-hand figure includes money transferred from Scott’s Senate account. He transferred $22 million from that account at the start of his campaign.

“At the end of the day, candidates can post any number they want,” DeCasper wrote. “But the name of the game is how much actual cash you have on hand that’s available for use in the Republican primary.”

Former president Donald Trump, who is leading in the polls by a wide margin, raised more than $35 million in the second quarter for his official campaign and his separate leadership PAC, Save America, which he has used to pay some of his legal bills. Ron DeSantis, who is running a distant second behind Trump, raised $20 million in the six weeks following the official announcement of his run for president, his campaign said Thursday.

Never Back Down, the independent super PAC that is playing a major role in DeSantis’s effort, has raised $130 million since launching. Much of that money is left over from DeSantis’s gubernatorial reelection effort. In May, a


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