Election 2016

Donald Trump’s Scampaign is Broke as Hell

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Financial disclosures published on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) website late last night revealed something amazing: Donald Trump' sham campaign had only $1.3 million in cash on hand at the beginning of June.

In comparison, the Clinton campaign had over $42 million in cash on hand at the beginning of June. Trump's $1.3 million is less money than most members of Congress have on hand. It's less than many state-level candidates have on hand. Trump's campaign has less money on hand than Ben Carson and Ted Cruz. Trump doesn't even have enough money to run for mayor.

You get the point.

Trump's pathetic fundraising operation and non-existent campaign may be even more concerning to Republicans after learning what he's spending the money on.

Trump is spending a significant amount on his own businesses which I'm told is actually legal.


The over $700,000 Trump's campaign spent on renting space at Trump Tower in May is more than double his total payroll, which was slightly over $318,000. Trump also spent over $420,000 renting the Mar-a-Lago, which is his resort. Trump's campaign has also been paying TAG Air, a company owned by Trump, for use of his planes and helicopter.

In addition to numerous payments to Trump's businesses, Trump himself also appears on the payroll of the campaign.

Some have speculated that the $94 spent at the Trump Tower Cafe by the campaign includes the infamous Taco Bowl.

  • mnpollio

    OK….you have to give him credit on one thing. He has got one huge nerve and whole lot of gall. The sad part is the number of people that actually find this scamming and flouting of ethics to be inspirational.

  • Badgerite

    One of the items found in the Trump budget was an expenditure for $35,000 to a company named….wait for ti……Draper Sterling…… for web advertising. Uh huh. It has since disappeared from the web. Go figure.

  • Georgie
    • Badgerite

      I believe they should change that to The Art of the Con. Truth in advertising and all.

  • gescove

    As suspected, his “campaign” is an elaborate grift. The question is whether and for how long Republicans will continue to play along.

  • Aynwrong

    You couldn’t make this up if you tried.

  • Draxiar

    It may be legal but it certainly isn’t ethical…which is no surprise coming from Drumpf.

    • I’m sure his fans won’t care.

      • Draxiar

        Not bloody likely.

  • chris ellis

    It’s self funding! His bank account, that is