Election 2016

Report: Trump Cuts Off Joint RNC Fundraising

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Trump Victory fund reportedly held its last fundraising event on October 19th and has no plans to hold more fundraisers according to the Washington Post.

Trump’s national finance chairman told the Post that they’ve “wound down” their operations.

The national party collected $40 million through Trump Victory as of Sept. 30. The RNC has relied on the funds to help pay for hundreds of field staffers deployed across the country as part of its national ground operation, which is working to turn out voters to support the entire Republican ticket.

[national finance chairman Steven Mnuchin] said the Trump campaign decided to keep the candidate’s final weeks focused on taking his message to the voters in person rather than on raising money.

The number of people who won’t be paid after the election is over could be quite high. The Trump campaign has no ground operation of its own and they’ve relied on the RNC for that, but they won’t be raising more money for the RNC.

Anyone dumb enough to work for Trump at this point should ask for payment up front.

A spokesperson for RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says the chairman intends to continue raising money for Trump even if Trump isn’t doing so in return, because Reince is a chump.

  • muselet

    This is Donald Trump effectively admitting that he’s going to lose the election. Beyond that, I’m not sure if he’s punishing the Republican Party for his poor performance or if he’s trying to bring the GOP down with him to make it look like a huge wave election that sank every R on every ballot.

    It’s fun to watch, though.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    By the time this over I fully expect Trump to be selling Trump hair pieces and Trump brand hand enlargement cream.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    I’m sure Trump has great lawyers (the very best, really, trust me, no one has better lawyers than me!), but there might be an argument for piercing the corporate veil when he has a proven history of not paying his employees. It stops being an accident and starts being deliberate malfeasance.

    Legally, I have no idea how his entities are set up, but if his name isn’t on the paperwork somewhere, I’ll eat my hat.

    It’s probably a loser, but I’ll take the class action case pro bono.

  • Georgie

    Per for the course, he doesn’t like to pay anyone for anything.