Donald Trump’s latest move is just…bizarre, but should have Democrats jumping for joy. Trump has effectively ended all high-dollar fundraising events for the rest of his campaign, which deals a fatal blow to the Republican National Committee’s get-out-the-vote operation.
Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee between Trump and the RNC, held its last event on October 19 and Trump spokesperson Steven Mnuchin tells The Washington Post:
We have minimized his fundraising schedule over the last month to emphasize his focus on political [events]. Unlike Hillary, who has been fundraising and not out and about, he has constantly been out and about.”
Trump Victory no longer has any scheduled events, which will affect not only Trump’s campaign but down-ballot Republicans’ campaigns as well. In contrast, while Hillary Clinton will host her last fundraiser on Tuesday, she still has 41 scheduled fundraising events between now and Nov. 3 that will be hosted by her daughter, Tim Kaine and other members of her team.
The Washington Post reports:
…Trump’s decision effectively turns off one of the main spigots to the Republican National Committee, which collected $40 million through Trump Victory as of Sept. 30. The party has devoted a large share of the funds to pay for its national voter mobilization program to benefit the entire Republican ticket.”
Mnuchin insists the donations are still rolling in online from big donors, and that the Trump campaign continues to share funds with the RNC, but he only has to share 20 percent of his online haul with the RNC. The Republican Party got the lion’s share from the Trump Victory fundraising.
Instead of fundraising, the Republican nominee is going to focus on his rallies and getting his message out. But that’s not how this works. By shutting down his fundraising efforts he is hobbling his campaign and the party’s chances of turning voters out on Election Day. Trump once promised his party he would put $100 million into Republican efforts, but campaign finance documents show he has contributed roughly over half that amount with $56 million.
If I didn’t know any better, it would almost look like Trump is giving up on his campaign and his party.
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