Republicans outraise Democrats in April fundraising

US President Donald Trump speaks at the Republican National Committee winter meeting at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC on February 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Republican National Committee raised $15.9 million in April, according to new campaign finance disclosures, as the committee prepared for President Donald Trump’s reelection — a sum that is more than double the $6.6 million raised by the Democratic National Committee during the same time period.

The RNC ended the month with $34.7 million cash on hand, while the DNC ended the month with $7.6 million cash on hand.

But the RNC raised big money from two donors who are embroiled in recent controversies. Financier John Childs — who has been accused of being involved in a Florida prostitution ring — gave the committee $100,000. Childs also donated to the RNC in February shortly before news of his alleged involvement in the prostitution ring broke. He has denied the allegations.

And casino mogul Steve Wynn — who was accused of sexually assaulting employees at his casinos — donated $248,500 the RNC. Investigations into Wynn have concluded and Wynn denies all wrongdoing, and “at this point, there is no reason for refusing his support,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told POLITICO last week. The RNC did not respond to a request for comment on Childs.

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