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Trump Campaign's Cash: $1.29M, to Hillary's $42M

Clinton outraised him 9 to 1 in May
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2016 4:57 AM CDT
Updated Jun 21, 2016 6:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – Donald Trump's campaign is so low on cash it wouldn't be considered a high roller at one of his casinos, according to financial disclosures released late Monday. The Trump campaign began June with just $1.29 million in cash, compared to $42 million for Hillary Clinton's well-heeled campaign, reports Reuters. He did manage to raise $3.1 million in May, a hefty sum by Trump campaign standards, but that total was dwarfed by the $26 million Clinton raised during the same month. Trump loaned his campaign around $2.2 million, bringing that total to around $46 million. The filings reveal that around a fifth of what Trump's campaign spent in May went to Trump-owned companies or to his children, the Guardian reports.

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When super PACs are included in the total, Clinton's side has a war chest of $94 million compared to under $2 million for Trump, though some Trump-allied PACs have yet to file, the Los Angeles Times reports. The lousy fundraising figures for May are "totally inexplicable" in light of the fact that he was the presumptive GOP nominee for almost the entire month, had momentum, and was "running against the Democrat [Republicans] most love to hate," writes Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post. He warns that if Trump has another month where the funding gap between the two campaigns is so overwhelming, "the general election may be over before it ever really started." (On Monday, the Trump campaign parted ways with Corey Lewandowski, the campaign manager who oversaw fundraising operations.)

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