As the Republican National Convention nears and the general election campaigning already in full swing, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s unorthodox methods and campaign infrastructure have reportedly left many GOP donors frustrated.
Throughout the Republican primary, the business mogul repeatedly said he would self-finance his general election campaign.
Now, facing the campaign of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who is expected to raise over $1 billion, Republican leaders are scrambling to help Trump raise enough cash to be competitive come November, CNN reports.
Trump’s presidential campaign is run by a skeleton crew and has failed to raise a sizeable amount of cash on its own. In May, the business mogul only had $2.4 million on hand and had barely established a fundraising apparatus.
In comparison, the Clinton campaign had $30 million on hand in April and raised $187.5 million throughout that month. The former secretary of state will reportedly be investing a portion of her campaign's considerable budget into blanketing the airwaves of swing states with negative ads against Trump for the next five months.
Several high-profile GOP donors who had already been contributing to former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts’ presidential campaign in this stage of the 2012 election have stated that they have yet to even be contacted by the Trump campaign, leaving many concerned that the business mogul has underestimated the necessities of campaign financing.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus has been working closely with Trump to raise money. The Trump campaign and the RNC signed a joint fundraising agreement, but RNC officials have reportedly been dismayed by the business mogul’s alleged indifference to fundraising.
After promising Priebus that he would sit down and personally call 24 top GOP donors, Trump only managed to make it through three calls before giving up, according to Politico.
"There are very few people who like to do the ask, so I can understand why Donald Trump — first time at age 70 — doesn’t want to make the ask," an anonymous RNC fundraiser told CNN. "He doesn’t want to make the calls. He’s just in a little bit better position to avoid it than I am."
The Trump campaign has reportedly planned to raise $500 million, predicting that additional free media that had proven invaluable to the business mogul during the primary process would be all it will take to topple the Clinton campaign’s treasure chest.
Whether or not Trump’s plan to raise only half of what Clinton is expected to raise will work for him in the general election, the business mogul’s deficit in campaign financing is already impacting his ground game.
While Clinton is aggressively campaigning in the swing states, Trump has been spending the majority of his schedule campaigning in firmly Republican-friendly states for fundraising events, The New York Times reports.
While Trump has insisted on holding highly-publicized rallies in locations where he attends fundraisers, the business mogul’s current focus on states already likely to vote for him has allowed Clinton to dominate the states that will ultimately decide the election.
"A travel schedule driven by fund-raising needs that takes you away from battleground states is one that’s full of missed opportunities," Republican strategist Kevin Madden told The Times.