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    Donald Trump received nearly $4 million in unsolicited campaign donations

    Donald Trump received nearly $4 million in unsolicited campaign donations

    By Jenna Johnson and Anu Narayanswamy October 15 at 7:59 PM

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    Although Donald Trump boasts he is self-financing his presidential campaign, he hasn't turned away donations from supporters -- and those contributions added up to nearly $4 million in three months.

    Between July 1 and Sept. 30, Trump's campaign says it received 73,942 unsolicited donations, pumping $3.8 million into his campaign coffers. The average contribution was about $50, and 71 percent of the money came from donors giving less than $200. Trump contributed $100,779 to his campaign during that time, although he adds that he has spent $1,909,576 of his own money since launching the campaign in June.

    According to federal paperwork filed Thursday, Trump's campaign spent $4,035,076.35 between July 1 and Sept. 30. So far it has spent a total of $5,449,750. The campaign is spending money as quickly as it receives it, and the campaign reports having had $254,772 on hand as of Sept. 30.

    [Voters are mad about mega-donors -- and that's helping Trump]

    Trump likes to point out that he has spent far less than many of his Republican rivals yet still managed to dominate early polls for several months.

    "While our original budget was substantially higher than the amount spent, good business practices and even better ideas and policy have made it unnecessary to have spent a larger sum," Trump said in a statement on Thursday evening. "To be number one in every poll, both state and national, and to have spent the least amount of dollars of any serious candidate is a testament to what I can do for America."

    But Trump's paperwork reveals that he has constructed a massive network to support his campaign. The report lists more than 50 consulting firms or individuals being paid by the campaign -- nearly all of whom are labeled as being a consultant of some sort. He has hired an "event staging consulting" group and several individuals who provide "administrative consulting." Trump labels his lead spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, as providing “communications consulting.” Although Trump presents himself as an independent operator who comes up with his own policy ideas and doesn't pay attention to expert opinions, he has hired a number of strategy or policy consultants. Most of those working on the campaign are based in or near New York, the campaign’s home, or in one of the three early-voting states: Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

    While other campaigns have been sinking money into television ads, direct mail and other traditional ways to reach voters, Trump's biggest expenses thus far appear to be the renting out large venues to host elaborate events that attract thousands and campaign swag. The campaign has thus far spent more than $800,000 on T-shirts, hats and other campaign-branded items.

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    Wow! Thank you Americans!! I think the more Republicans and other Americans can give when they can afford it, the more power Trump has because it shows his voters and supporters really believe in him and his plans to make our country great again!
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    Trump is in his office like:


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    Trump is winning... not because of his billions of dollars but from the sheer power of the promises he has made on the issues of illegal immigration, gun rights, etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALIPAC View Post
    Trump is winning... not because of his billions of dollars but from the sheer power of the promises he has made on the issues of illegal immigration, gun rights, etc...

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    And trade. Yes, you're absolutely right. Illegal immigration, trade, gun rights, and also foreign policy. He will be a national security President, which means we will not engage in foreign disputes unless there is a clear and present national security interest for the United States, and most of these battlegrounds have not met that standard. It's tragic to see the trillions spent and lives lost or damaged fighting other people's battles for them, especially those who don't even deserve our help, like feuding religionists.

    Take Afghanistan. We're going to keep 10,000 Americans over there in Afghanistan? Afghanistan that fought off the Russians for 20 years? They can't figure out how to handle their own Taliban? REALLY??!! It's simple, you fight them, you snuff 'em out. If it doesn't matter enough to the Afghan people after all we've done for them to stand up and defend what they have against a bunch of rag-head murdering lunatics, then why should we?!

    Bring 'em all home. Enough of this nonsense I say. And I would hope Trump would align with that as well.
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    Donald Trump Accidentally Raised Almost As Much As Rubio

    by Mike Flynn
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    Donald Trump’s campaign collected $4 million in the third quarter, roughly the same as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). The real difference, though, is that Trump’s campaign hasn’t conducted any fundraising efforts.

    Almost all of that $4 million total is from “unsolicited” donations. People simply sent his campaign money without being asked for it.

    Few stats better explain the topsy-turvy nature of this political season than that fact. Trump has repeatedly said that he wouldn’t be actively seeking donations from supporters to fuel his campaign. He has often implied that he is willing to spend money from his considerable personal fortune, but, to date, hasn’t had to open his checkbook very wide.

    Donald Trump contributed $100,000 to the campaign in the third quarter. The more interesting fact, though, is that almost 75,000 people also sent his campaign money, with an average contribution of $50, without any fundraising outreach, solicitation, or even obvious way to do so.

    The result is that Trump, without trying, raised far more than Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and was largely in-line with major challengers Rubio and businesswomen Carly Fiorina.

    Trump has obviously altered the political landscape by maintaining a strong polling lead for over three months with very little campaign spending. He has not spent any money on advertising while others, especially Jeb Bush, have spent millions.

    He also doesn’t seem to have spent a great deal on building a campaign organization, although that is likely to change in the coming weeks as voting gets near.

    All other candidates for the GOP nomination have large campaign infrastructures. According to the most recent FEC filing, Jeb Bush’s campaign was spending more than $3.5 million each month during the Summer.

    Donald Trump has spent the least amount of any of the major candidates. Through the entire campaign so far, Trump has spent just over $5 million total. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who lead some polls in the spring, spent over $7 million in his aborted 71-day campaign.

    “While our original budget was substantially higher than the amount spent, good business practices and even better ideas and policy have made it unnecessary to have spent a larger sum,” Trump said in a release.

    “To be number one in every poll, both state and national, and to have spent the least amount of dollars of any serious candidate is a testament to what I can do for America,” Trump continued. “This is what our country’s leaders should do for the United States— spend money wisely and win!”

    How a candidate conducts their campaign, and spends their resources, says far more about them then statements on the stump.

    Walker’s campaign arrogantly got far ahead of its actual support. Jeb has relied on family connections to fuel a very large and expensive organization. Rubio’s impressive turns on the debate stage has so far failed to ignite enthusiasm with voters. Cruz has stuck to a steady, consistent path that has turned in impressive fundraising numbers.

    Whatever happens in the nomination fight, Trump has broken new ground in this political campaign. His support, though, may be even deeper and more enthusiastic than the polls suggest. If his campaign can raise $4 million without asking anyone for money, the mind reels to consider what he would raise if he did.

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    $4 million without even trying. This is historical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
    $4 million without even trying. This is historical.
    Yes, it is historical. You're absolutely right, Jean.



    And when people can, not us because we have to support ALIPAC, but others who aren't already involved in helping fund great organizations like ours and NumbersUSA, please send all you can to Trump, because this sends the message that as a group we are putting our money where our hearts are. This will help undercut Sanders and will also dispel the myth that Trump is buying the White House. The media must understand how deeply we feel about this remarkable candidate and his plans and abilities to make our country great again.
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