Trump, GOP raise $18 million in post-debate push

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts after speaking at a rally Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Melbourne, Fla. (AP Photo/John Locher)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party have raised around $18 million following his first presidential debate with rival Hillary Clinton.

Trump told a packed crowd at an airplane hangar in Melbourne, Florida, that the total marks his biggest one-day haul of the campaign.

Trump says: “They raised almost $18 million today. Can you believe it? And that was largely because of last night.”

Trump has been aggressively raising money ahead of the election’s final end-of-quarter fundraising deadline at the end of September.

The sum includes money raised through online donations as well as higher-dollar donations from a “National Call Day.”

Trump’s campaign is planning a major investment in advertising from now through Election Day that will require a serious infusion of cash.