Trump has no fundraising events planned for the remainder of his campaign, which is a serious kick in the butt to the GOP's get-out-the-vote operation before Election Day. Traditionally, the Democrats have been better at this task, but now there should be no question that they are going to be hurting because it appears that somebody's ego is hurt. In part, that's understandable--they all took the pledge to support the nominee, and some, like Paul Ryan, isn't living up to his end of the deal.
Steve Mnuchin, the Trump national finance chairman, told the Washington Post on Tuesday that Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee between the party and campaign, held its last formal fundraiser on October 19th. That was a luncheon in Vegas, baby, on the day of the last presidential debate.
"We've kind of wound down," Mnuchin said. "But the online fundraising continues to be strong."
In contrast to the Trump move (or lack thereof) Hillary Clinton is having her last fundraiser Tuesday night in Miami, but her campaign has scheduled 41 more events between now and November 3rd. The events will feature such surrogates as Hillary's running mate, Tim "The Interrupter" Kaine, Chelsea "Howdy Doody" Clinton and Cher, who cannot remember her last name.
Although Trump's campaign will still bring in donations to help the party, the lack of formal fundraising effectively closes the taps of the money flow to the RNC., which relies on money to help pay for hundreds of field staffers across this great nation of ours. These staffers work on a ground operation to turn out voters to support the entire Republican ticket.
Reince Priebus and other top RNC leaders continue to bring in money for the party, and New York financier Lew Eisenberg , the top RNC fundraiser and chairman of Trump Victory, said he's working "in a united effort" with Mnuchin to raise money via phone calls and impromptu events.
The Trump campaign decided to spend the final two weeks before the election to stay focused on taking his message to the voters:
Hillary sucks, the elections and media are rigged, he doesn't know any of those 11 women and will sue them, he gets huge crowds at his rallies, Obama is a failure and the worst president the country has ever had, ObamaCare is a disaster, make America great again, build the wall and Mexico will pay for it, and Hillary sucks."We have minimized his fundraising schedule over the last month to emphasize his focus on political [events]," Mnuchin said. "Unlike Hillary, who has been fundraising and not out and about, he has constantly been out and about."
Mnuchin said Donald doesn't need high-dollar fundraisers because his campaign gets a lot of their funds online, which are on track to hitting a record in October.
The RNC only gets 20 oercent of the money that Trump raises online in conjunction with the party, and the big donations that go to Trump Victory are routed to the party.
As of September 30, Trump's campaign has raised $219 million while Clinton's raised $499 million.
Clinton also appeared to use her advertising wisely, doing ads during the high view times of the Olympic games, while Trump did no ads at all during the games. But Trump out-tweeted Clinton 47 to 1, and has "lots of followers, folks."
And although Trump promised to put $100 million of his own money into the campaign, he only gave $56 million, according to the financial records. Mnuchin went silent when asked if Trump intended to put in the remaining $44 million, but he did say that "He has been very supportive of the campaign with his contributions."
Well, that was his campaign pledge and his talking point at the start.
In spite of the fact that Clinton is leading in the polls, Trump believes that he is leading in the race. Unfortunately, the way it seems to be going, Trump is lagging substantially in the projection of electoral votes.
But with Trump, you never know. I do not count him out and will not be surprised if he pulls it off. It's just that it doesn't seem that he will.
That being said, please go out and vote.