Election 2016

Trump Might Use His Campaign to Pay Himself

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has made a very big deal out of his so-called "self-funded" campaign, mentioning it almost every time he speaks, but it may have been only a temporary arrangement.

Trump's campaign staff reportedly won't rule out the possibility he'll use donations to pay himself back.

Legally, Trump has the option of recouping any or all of the money he spent on the primaries.

That is because Trump almost never directly donates funds to his campaign. He has only spent about $317,000 of his own money outright.

Trump has loaned his "self-funded" campaign over $35 million, meaning anyone who donates to Trump going forward could end up paying Trump himself.

It's not very unusual for a campaign to reimburse a candidate, but most candidates don't boast about being "self-funded" with the expectation the money will be paid back.

Words either have meaning or they don't. Given that we're talking about Trump, they probably have no meaning.

  • Camacho/Trump 2016!!

    His words may have no meaning, but they are the best words.

  • I wonder if he doesn’t want to fund the general campaign because he is afraid he will lose. This way, even if he loses, he could still make a profit or come out even. This is his MO, btw. He tried to buy the Empire State Building using other people’s money. Those people never ended up owning the building, someone else did, someone Trump made a deal with and he ended up making a profit.

  • muselet

    In related news, Donald Trump did an interview with George Stephanopoulos. It did not go well:

    For quite a while, Trump has suggested he’d be comfortable with disclosure – he specifically said this week he’d “like to” disclose the tax documents – but the IRS process is standing in the way. It’s a bogus posture, which he seemed to abandon this morning during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos:

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Yes or no: Do you believe voters have a right to see your tax returns before they make a final decision?

    TRUMP: I don’t think they do.

    He quickly added that he’s willing to “present” the documents anyway, after “the audit ends.”

    When the host asked what tax rate he currently pays, the Republican candidate snapped, “It’s none of your business. You’ll see it when I release. But I fight very hard to pay as little tax as possible.”

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    Oh, my.

    Mitt Romney couldn’t get away with that sort of hooey four years ago. Will Donald Trump?

    My five bucks says he will.


  • mdblanche

    Trump is like something out of Lewis Carroll, isn’t he?

    ‘I don’t know what you mean by “glory,”’ Alice said.

    Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. ‘Of course you don’t — till I tell you. I meant “there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!”’

    ‘But “glory” doesn’t mean “a nice knock-down argument,”’ Alice objected.

    ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

    ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

    ‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.’

  • Scopedog

    Christ…and rest assured, the media will let him get away with it.

  • Just another Republican grifter.