How bad of a month has it been for Donald Trump? Let’s go the numbers:
As of May 31st, Hillary Clinton’s campaign had $42 million in the bank. Her super PAC Priorities USA has $52 million.
Trump’s campaign has $1.3 million. His super PAC had $500,000.
That’s $94 million for Clinton versus $1.8 million for Trump.
You don’t have to be a math whiz to know that’s a huge gap.
And it’s in the key battleground states where that cash advantage makes the difference. The Clinton team is now budgeting $117 million on television in the battleground states like Ohio, Virginia and Florida between now and November. Trump and his groups have budgeted $700,000.
As I explain in my book Front Row Seat at the Circus, the candidate that wins two of the battleground states will reach 270 electoral votes and become the next president.
The Republican National Committee is way behind in its fundraising goals too. It had only about $20 million cash-on-hand at the end of the month. That’s $40 million less than the RNC had four years ago when Mitt Romney was the presumptive nominee. It raised about $20 million less in May 2016 as it did in May 2012.
“I spent $55 million of my own money to win the primaries, that’s a lot of money by even any standard,” said Trump. “I may do that again in the general election. It would be nice to have some help from the party.”
Traditional GOP donors continue to express concerns about his campaign operation. Yesterday, Trump fired his campaign manager.