If Trump's campaign is really hurting for cash, he should loan his team's finance arm about $250 million, which shouldn't be a problem, right? Trump's supposedly worth $10 billion. No need to "self fund," which I thought was a stupid pledge in any case. But he needs to be up on the airwaves with rapid response ads and character attacks against Hillary Clinton and the corrupt Democrat smear machine.
If Reince isn't drilling the point home, then the fault lies just as much with the RNC as it does with Trump's organization. A Clinton-Democrat smear campaign of ads won't move the GOP blue-collar base, which already loves Trump, but it could convince some fence-sitting independents, who might succumb to the lies and demonization.
So, that's the problem.
It's all over Memeorandum right now, "Donald Trump Starts Summer Push With Crippling Money Deficit."
And on Twitter:
FACT CHECK: PANTS ON FIRE https://t.co/Qvdm7CkQe8— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) June 21, 2016
Donald Trump faces cash disadvantage heading into general election with Hillary Clinton https://t.co/WVCSgCt8wn— Capital Journal (@WSJPolitics) June 21, 2016
Trump directed nearly a fifth of the $6.7M he spent in May to companies he owns or to reimbursing his kids: https://t.co/xXpuvw0q4w— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) June 21, 2016
Meanwhile, two of the three Trump super PACs didn't file reports with the FEC yesterday.— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) June 21, 2016
The presumptive Republican nominee drew fewer than 140 maxed-out donations in May.— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) June 21, 2016
Trump, in what he billed as first fundraising plea, says he'll match up to $2 million in donations in next 48 hrs https://t.co/uLUuMPXwlc— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) June 21, 2016
Donald Trump raised $3.1 million in the month after he became the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, giving him a staggering cash disadvantage heading into the general election against Hillary Clinton.
After largely self-financing the primary election, Mr. Trump said last month that he would begin actively soliciting money for the general election. He appointed a national finance chairman and finalized a joint fundraising vehicle with the Republican National Committee. But his haul that month suggests his campaign was unable to turn his clinching of the party’s nomination into any fundraising boost.
Mrs. Clinton, meanwhile, raised $27 million last month even as she sought to fend off the final weeks of primary rival Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. She has raised $240 million over the course of the cycle, to Mr. Trump’s $17 million. (He has also loaned himself $45.7 million through May.)
Mr. Trump’s May haul, which he supplemented with $2.2 million in loans, left him with $1.3 million in the bank. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign had 32 times as much in its war chest: $42 million.
Mr. Trump’s cash deficit means it will be extraordinarily difficult for him to rival Mrs. Clinton’s expansive operation, both in TV ads and grassroots efforts. He has said he will rely heavily on the RNC, but the party’s efforts in battleground states are small in comparison to the Democrats and nonexistent in several blue states, such as California, that Mr. Trump says he wants to put on the map.
Mr. Trump, who touts his frugal operation, spent more than he raised in May, paying out $6.7 million over the course of the month. Of that, nearly 20%—or about $1.1 million—went to companies Mr. Trump owns or to travel reimbursements for his children, who serve as surrogates on the campaign trail.
In 2012, GOP nominee Mitt Romney raised $23.4 million in May, the month after he clinched the nomination, and had $17 million in the bank.
Mrs. Clinton’s super PAC also far outpaced Mr. Trump’s network of outside groups last month. The Clinton group, Priorities USA Action, raised $12.1 million in May, an uptick from the previous month, and has $51 million in the bank. Great America PAC, one of the super PACs backing Mr. Trump, raised $1.4 million in May and had about $500,000 on hand at the end of the month. Mr. Trump has at least two other groups backing him, too.