Politics

Small Donors Sent Trump $100 Million In October

| by Robert Fowler

The campaign for Republican nominee Donald Trump announced the business mogul received $100 million in small donations in October. Contributions from small donors have made up the bulk of the billionaire’s fundraising while he has failed to live up to a pledge to put $100 million of his own money into his election efforts.

On Nov. 2, Trump campaign digital director Brad Parscale announced that small donor contributions for the nominee had surged to $100 million in October, USA Today reports.

“We have seen significant growth in our fundraising online, just as we see growth in our poll numbers,” Parscale said. 

The digital director added that the outsized contributions from small donors proved that the GOP nominee’s “message is resonating with millions of voters across the country.”

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The total fundraising haul for the Trump campaign and its joint fundraising committees in October has not been revealed, but federal finance records released on Oct. 27 show they had raised $61 million during the first 19 days of the month.

Of that haul, $34.7 million came from small donations, meaning an additional $65 million was contributed by small donors during the remaining 12 days of October. 

Meanwhile, Trump appears unlikely to follow through on his pledge to donate $100 million of his own wealth to his campaign, a promise he had made throughout the GOP primary and continues to tout.

“I’m spending a lot of money,” Trump told ABC News on Oct. 26. “I will be over $100 million and it could be much more than that.”

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By Oct. 19, Trump had only donated $30,682 to his campaign that month, with his overall contributions totaling $56.1 million, roughly $44 million short of his self-funding pledge.

In the last week of October, Trump contributed $10 million to his campaign, leaving him only days to contribute the remaining tens of millions of dollars to fulfill his pledge.

Meanwhile, federal finance records revealed that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign and its joint fundraising committees raised $101 million during the first 19 days of October, The Washington Post reports.

As of Oct. 19, the Trump campaign had $16 million cash on hand while the Clinton campaign had $62 million.

Sources: ABC NewsUSA Today, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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