Trump Is Done With Big GOP Fundraisers

He promised to give campaign $100M, has given $56M
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2016 3:40 AM CDT
Trump Is Done With Big GOP Fundraisers
Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Tuesday in Tallahassee, Fla.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump is done with holding big fundraisers, meaning the Republican National Committee might find itself short of cash for its get-out-the-vote operation. The Washington Post reports that Trump's final high-dollar event for the Trump Victory Committee, which splits funds between the party and the candidate, was Oct. 19, the day of the final debate. "We are no longer doing formal, sit-down fundraising events," Trump finance chief Steven Mnuchin tells the Wall Street Journal. He says the campaign—which remains far behind the Clinton campaign in fundraising—had always planned to spend the final weeks "winning the election" by holding rallies, not by using Trump to raise money.

Hillary Clinton held her final big fundraiser in Miami Tuesday night, though surrogates including Chelsea Clinton and Tim Kaine are holding at least 40 events between now and the election, while Mnuchin says there is "virtually nothing planned" by the Trump campaign, the Post notes. Still, Mnuchin and RNC fundraisers say cash is continuing to flow in from various sources, including online fundraising. Trump has vowed to put $100 million of his own money into the campaign, though records show he has only put in $56 million so far, and Mnuchin didn't say whether the candidate plans to donate another $44 million before Election Day. "He has been very supportive of the campaign with his contributions," he says. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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