Trump Raises Whopping $51 Million In June


Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, who was getting shellacked in the presidential cash contest by his prolific fundraising opponent, made up some ground in June by bringing in $51 million.

Trump's campaign made the announcement on July 6, saying it had pulled in $26 million, most of it through email fundraising, while earning another $25 million through fundraising events with the Republican National Committee, according to CNBC.

The real estate billionaire also tossed in $3.8 million of his own money, characterizing it as a donation instead of a loan, the network said.

"We just started our fundraising efforts in the last week of May and we are extremely pleased with the broad-based support in the last five weeks," said Steven Mnuchin, the Trump campaign's finance chairman.

Trump's lack of fundraising began to worry Republicans as primary contests ended and rival Hillary Clinton's camp continued to post impressive fundraising numbers with the Federal Election Commission, which regulates campaign fundraising and keeps official records.

When reports in early June said Trump's campaign had only $1.3 million in its coffers compared with the $42 million Clinton had banked at the same point, pundits blasted the businessman's political organization, saying it was late to set up fundraising channels.

Trump, who told the Today show that he spent $55 million of his own money during the Republican primaries, admitted he would need at least some help from political donors. This time they responded, with some 400,000 supporters making donations to his campaign in June, The Washington Post reported.

“We’re extremely pleased with the response,” Mnuchin told The Washington Post. “We are seeing similar levels to the level of success that Bernie Sanders was able to attract from his supporters.”

Sources: CNBC, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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