Trump’s Fundraising is Falling Far Short of Clinton

The campaign of billionaire Republican candidate Donald Trump is drawing on limited coffers. According to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission Hillary Clinton’s campaign ended May with $42 million on hand, while Trump’s campaign has only $1.2 million in the bank. Time is getting short if Trump is to come anywhere near matching the money that Clinton will have to run her campaign.

Clinton has booked $117 million in TV advertising – Trump $0

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has reserved $117 million worth of television advertising in key battleground states between now and November, a number that is sure to increase. To date, Trump’s campaign has reserved zero dollars in television ads. Trump, who relied on mass rallies and free media coverage in the primaries, has seemingly been slow to realize that the equation has changed as the general election approaches. 

It takes billions to run a presidential campaign

According to Politico, in 2012 President Obama raised $1.123 billion for his re-election campaign while challenger Mitt Romney raised $1.019 billion. However, that amount was just what each campaigned raised and did not count what super Pacs and other groups spent.

It was estimated that the total amount expended in the 2012 presidential election was close to $2.6 billion. For 2016, the number is expected to be as much as $5 billion.
The Hill

According to, the Federal Election Commission reported that as of mid-May a total of $837 million had been raised the by the various 2016 presidential candidates and another $462 million by super PACs. Hillary Clinton had raised the most with $314 million; Bernie Sanders was second with $209 million and Donald Trump a distant third with $66 million.

Money may be a problem for Trump  

He’s not your typical politician who dials for dollars every day. He’s not hitting the phones every day.
—Ray Washburne in Politico

Trump took pride in largely self-funding his primary campaign. Trump has said that he recognizes the need to raise money for the general election campaign, but some observers feel that time is running short for Trump to raise even a billion dollars. The controversy that the Republican nominee generates has made major GOP donors wary of putting up their money. 

We want to keep it lean. I'm not looking to spend all this money. You know, I hear people spend a billion dollars. I’m saying, how do you spend a billion dollars? It's impossible. Politicians are the only ones who can spend a billion dollars.
—Donald Trump

So far, Donald Trump has defied conventional wisdom in conducting his campaign and perhaps time will prove him correct about not needing to raise a billion dollars. His opponent, Hillary Clinton is well on her way to raising and spending more than a billion dollars so Trump had better hope that money can’t buy an election.

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  1. Lisa R Taylor

    Many of the news networks are probably questioning how Donald Trump raised $11M in 48 hours. Remember, Trump has billionaire friends who want to give, Hillary’s friends keep dying unexpectantly. Meanwhile, back at Clinton Campaign HQ, there are 800 paid staffers still trying to come up with a response to Trump’s speech yesterday, where he essentially called her out on committing treason by selling out American workers for Chinese cash, among a host of other things. So far, their best comeback has been “I am not a crook.” Donald Trump and his joint fundraising committee have raised at least $11 million since Tuesday morning, Republicans said Wednesday, a tremendously quick haul that comes amid concerns about his fundraising ability. Trump Victory, the joint fundraising account with the Republican National Committee, and Trump’s official campaign raised $5 million online since Tuesday morning, when it sent one of its first fundraising pitches to its email list, according to Sean Spicer, an RNC Official. That does not include the $2 million that Trump himself has pledged to match in the fundraising appeal, Spicer said. Trump has done virtually no small-dollar fundraising since launching his campaign a year ago, and is not expected to begin a full online fundraising operation until the convention. “We are incredibly excited by the outpouring of support from the grassroots supporters who want to see this country experience real change,” said Hope Hicks, a Trump spokeswoman. Along with the online effort, a more traditional fundraising tool — a high-dollar fundraising event at a tony New York City restaurant — brought in $6 million for Trump and the RNC, his son, Eric, told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront.” “We’re going to raise a lot of money,” Eric Trump said, subsequently heralding what he described as a “lean” campaign. “We don’t need the kind of money that Hillary (Clinton) needs.” Trump is probably much better served with a lean, mean and nimble campaign; rather than the bloated, bureaucratic, and ponderous one HRC has set up. I understand the HRC campaign has about 650 paid staffers. Diminishing returns likely set in after the first hundred or so on staff. By the time you have 500 staffers, sclerosis sets in. Trump’s experience in the private sector is serving him well. It will be fun watching Trump out-maneuver HRC at every turn. Help support conservative news and views by sharing this post on Facebook and Twitter.