Clinton is now fundraising for the general election
So far, Clinton has buried presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in fundraising
Hillary Clinton’s pivot to the general election has been good for her campaign bank account.
Clinton-headlined fundraisers have brought in close to $34 million this month, according to a CNN estimate based on ticket prices and attendance numbers provided by the Clinton campaign.
Clinton has headlined 18 fundraisers in eight states, including four Tuesday in Colorado and California that raised more than $4 million dollars.
This fundraising haul, which does not include money raised online and in fundraisers headlined by other Clinton surrogates, puts the former secretary of state’s campaign on track to raise more than what she has raised in other months this year.
The reason is two-fold: Clinton, dispatching with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders earlier this month, is now fundraising for the general election, meaning donors who maxed out their primary contributions with a $2,700 donation are now able to donate up to another $2,700.
What’s more, Clinton has started primarily raising money for the joint fundraising agreements – the Hillary Action Fund and the Hillary Victory Fund – that her campaign has signed with the Democratic National Committee and state Democratic parties. These agreements allow Clinton’s donors to give more than to $500,000 to a number of different Democratic accounts through the Clinton campaign.
So far, Clinton has buried presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in fundraising. Clinton’s campaign started the month with $42 million in the bank, according to their report with the Federal Election Commission. Trump started with $1.3 million.
But Trump, who has bluntly said he doesn’t enjoy asking people for money, has reportedly begun to kick his fundraising operation into high gear this month. He and his joint fundraising committee reportedly raised at least $11 million in three days this month after Trump started asking for money.
Clinton, meanwhile, has headlined a variety of events in June, including a concert featuring performances by Christina Aguilera, John Legend and Stevie Wonder on June 6 that attracted nearly 6,000 people. That event alone raised close to $15 million for the Hillary Victory Fund.
Clinton has also headlined events hosted by Mike Tomlin, the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and Sean Parker, the co-founder of Napster and former Facebook president.
Despite the sizable June haul, Clinton’s top campaign aides still claim that the campaign does not have enough money to do everything it would like to do in battleground states.
“I don’t want to be hyperbolic, but I do want to be honest with you about where we are,” Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, wrote in a Wednesday fundraising email. “And the truth is, as of today, we’re 130,000 donations short of our goal.”