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RNC claims millions raised online with Trump since Tuesday

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The Republican National Committee (RNC) claimed Wednesday that its joint fundraising efforts with Donald Trump had raised over $5 million online in the course of a day.

RNC spokesperson Sean Spicer sent a tweet about the totals Wednesday afternoon:

Trump sent his first small-dollar fundraising email Tuesday, in which he said he would be "personally matching every dollar that comes in WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS" up to $2 million.

"Even without this match, this initial effort would have been the most successful first fundraising email in history," Trump wrote in the email. "I am certain of this."

A day after Trump sent the message, his son Donald Trump Jr. affirmed the prediction in his father's fundraising email.

"Yesterday my father sent his first ever fundraising email for the campaign and predicted it would shatter fundraising records," Trump Jr. wrote in his own pitch email. "Once again, my father was right. Yesterday's email was a massive success... and in less than 12 hours we surpassed that goal. All because of supporters like you."

The $5 million raised this week included the $2 million that Trump matched, according to an RNC spokesperson.

That total is in addition to the millions more that Trump reportedly raised from fundraisers in New York City this month.

Steven Mnuchin, the national finance chairman for the joint Trump Victory committee, told the Wall Street Journal in an interview Wednesday that the committee raised at least $10 million from the June fundraisers in June. Another source told the Journal that the committee raised $9 million more in a series of Texas fundraisers last week.

The fundraising numbers come after a dismal FEC filing from the Trump campaign last week, when documents showed Trump with just $1.3 million cash on hand at the end of May.

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