Trump trails Clinton in fund-raising, low on cash

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Washington
  • Updated: Jun 21, 2016 22:22 IST
Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 18. (Reuters)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton raised nine times more funds than her Republican rival Donald Trump in the month of May, according to regulatory filings on Monday.

His campaign cash chest of $1.3 million, compared to Clinton’s $42 million, was described as paltry even for congressional races, leave alone the big-ticket and expensive White House run.

As Trump pivots to the general election, his campaign has been buffeted by controversies raised by his remarks and personnel shake-up. He fired his campaign manager on Monday.

There was also a security scare at his rally on Saturday when a British man was arrested for trying to grab a gun from a police officer, with the intention, he has said, of killing Trump.

And now, the cash crunch. His campaign raised $3.1 million in May, compared to Clinton’s $28 million, which after expenses was down to $1.3 million when he started the month of June.

Having self-funded the primaries, the Manhattan real estate magnate has called for donations to fund the campaign for the general election, but hasn’t made much headway.

Trump claimed he wasn’t troubled by the state of his cash chest. “If need be, there could be unlimited ‘cash on hand’ as I would put up my own money, as I have already done through the primaries, spending over $50 million.”

The shortage of cash, however, is showing in the lack of campaign ads compared to Clinton’s, specially in battleground states that decide the presidential election.

Trump’s staff of 70 also compares poorly with Clinton’s 700, which, he said on Monday was by design: “Our campaign is leaner and more efficient, like our government should be.”

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