Donald Trump’s campaign is running low on cash, and, not surprisingly, the top members of his staff are not particularly happy about it. The Trump campaign blames the Republican National Committee for the lack of funds, and Politico reports that several top staffers met with an RNC staff member last Thursday to air their grievances.
Included in the group was campaign finance chairman Steven Mnuchin, chief operating officer Eli Miller, investor Gentry Beach, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The men met with RNC chief of staff Katie Walsh, and during the meeting, Beach delivered a “pointed critique of the RNC.” Beach reportedly said that the RNC was coming up short and wanted to know “why he didn’t have access to the RNC’s donor data…implying that the committee was deliberately withholding critical information.”
A heated conference call also took place a few days after the group’s meeting with Walsh. During this call, Roy Bailey, a longtime GOP fundraiser, indirectly criticized Mnuchin for “failing to take the routine, obvious [fundraising] steps” like reaching out to Republican donors who are still on the sidelines. Mnuchin responded by saying that the situation is more complex than Bailey was making it out to be. He also said that polls showing a tightening race between Clinton and Trump would encourage donors to contribute.
One of the primary reasons that Trump’s campaign is lacking in funds because most of the donors who typically help fund Republican presidential campaigns — such as the Koch brothers — have refused to get behind Trump. There’s also the fact that Trump said early on that he would finance his own campaign:
‘I don’t need anybody’s money. I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists. I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich.’
Over the last few months, it has become clear that money from Trump’s own bank account hasn’t been enough to keep the campaign afloat, causing the GOP nominee to resort to desperate measures. In June, for example, the campaign sent out an email begging for emergency donations so that they could run their television ads. And a little over a week ago, Mike Pence asked supporters to donate $183 each to the campaign in exchange for an autographed “Make America Great Again” baseball cap.
Trump has even broken campaign rules by repeatedly seeking donations from foreign politicians. He received serious backlash on social media for soliciting these donations, but that didn’t stop him from sending more emails asking for foreign money a couple of months later.
Trump’s staffers can blame the RNC all they want for the lack of funds the campaign is receiving, but at the end of the day, it is clear that they are responsible for the damage that has been done.
Next week, the Trump campaign has two fundraising events planned in New York City. Ivanka Trump will be present at one, and Trump and Pence will host the other. These events will have to be very successful if Trump wants to close the approximately $200 million donation gap that exists between himself and Hillary Clinton.
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