Donald Trump’s stumbles on the debate stage Monday night didn’t prevent him from hauling in an extraordinary $18 million in a single 24-hour period afterward.
The fundraising, described as a record haul by the campaign, was born by both a flood of online donations pegged to the debate as well as as an intensive push by some of the campaign’s biggest bundlers.
‘It’s a lot! $18 million in one day,’ Trump told a crowd in Melbourne Florida Tuesday night.
The Trump campaign released a statement from top Trump finance chairman Steve Mnuchin, a banker and producer, attributing the cash to Trump’s ‘huge debate win.’
‘We had a massive fundraising day bringing in more than $18 million,’ Mnuchin said.
‘With this kind of energy and generous support behind us, we are going to have President Donald J. Trump in the White House,’ he said.
It wasn’t just small donors kicking in. The Trump campaign divided up major fundraisers into teams to help dial up others for contributions.
The groups were labeled ‘Team YUUUGE,’ ‘Team MAGA,’ ‘Team IRREDEEMABLES,’ and ‘Team IRREDEEMABLES,’ the last being a knock on Hillary Clinton’s description of half of Trump supporters as a ‘basket of deplorables.’
Team YUUUGE members included New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, private equity big Lew Eisenberg, Republican National Committee finance director Cara Mason, Carie Bock, and Allison Macintosh.
Others listed as participating included Trump’s counsel Michael Cohen, financier Anthony Scaramucci, running mate Mike Pence, RNC chairman Reince Priebus, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump.
The campaign didn’t list the balance of the 100 top fundraiser and bundlers who the Wall Street Journal reported went to Trump Tower in Manhattan to attend a national call in day.
Those heavy hitters could solicit up to $450,000 in contributions from their associates. The Trump campaign doesn’t disclose the names of its top bundlers.
Others calling in were former Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks, Dallas investor Ray Washburne – who used to head New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s effort, and financier Roy Bailey.
Hillary Clinton has led Trump in the money chase, bringing in $90 million in August. The two are each eager to boost their totals in advance of the September fundraising reporting deadline at the end of the month.
Trump held a $25,000 a head fundraiser in Miami on Tuesday and had Chicago fundraising luncheon on tap for Wednesday.
Daughter Ivanka Trump is scheduled to attend a fundraiser in the Chicago suburbs Wednesday. Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka and Chicago Cubs owner Todd Ricketts were expected to attend, the Chicago Tribune reported.