Trump: Bush's Campaign Fundraising Is About 'Doing Favors'

| by Kathryn Schroeder

During a campaign speech in Laconia, New Hampshire, on Thursday evening, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took aim at one of his Republican competitors, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, calling his fundraising strategy one of “doing favors.”

"He raises $100 million, so what does $100 million mean? $100 million means he's doing favors for so many people, it means lobbyists, it means special interests, it means donors," Trump said. "Who knows it better than me? I give to everybody. They do whatever I want. It's true."

Bush released his fundraising numbers on Wednesday, showing that his campaign and super PAC have raised a combined $114.4 million, reports CNN.

Trump, who in the past donated to the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, commented on her fundraising total during his speech as well.

"Now Hillary raised 46 million. A lot of money. The good news is ... how much do I have? 10 billion,” Trump said.

The majority of money being used by Trump for his campaign is his own and not from a super PAC or donations.

Clinton has raised the most money of all 2016 presidential candidates to date with $47.5 million, reports The New York Times. The super PAC supporting her has raised $15.5 million for a total amount raised of $63.1 million.

Bush has the most outside support for his campaign with the super PAC that is backing him having raised $103 million. The second candidate with the most outside support is Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. His super PAC has raised $38 million, bringing his total amount to $52.3 million.

Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is not using a super PAC for his campaign and has raised $15.2 million. Over 80 percent of contributions to his campaign have come from donations of $200 or less.

Trump has spent $1.4 million of his campaign’s raised money, or 74.4 percent.

In comparison, Bush has spent $3.1 million, totaling only 26.9 percent of his campaign funds. Clinton has spent $18.7 million, totaling 39.3 percent of her campaign’s funds.

Clinton and Bush have both criticized comments made by Trump during his campaign. He addressed these criticisms somewhat in his speech Thursday evening.

"We've got people, their heads are being cut off by ISIS, we got nothing but crime pouring into the country, we got a mess of a country," Trump said. "You have hundreds of people who are being shot and killed and Hillary said, 'I don't like his tone.'"

Sources: CNN, The New York Times

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