Clinton collected $52.8 million in just the first 19 days of October
Trump, meanwhile, has just $16 million in reserves
Donald Trump is still refusing to donate significantly more money to his campaign, putting him at an overwhelming cash disadvantage to Hillary Clinton with less than two weeks to go before Election Day.
The GOP nominee – despite frequent promises to contribute $100 million to his campaign by Election Day – donated a measly $31,000 in early October, a fundraising report released Thursday shows. He has only donated $56 million to his race as of October 20 and has just $16 million in reserves.
Clinton, meanwhile, sits on $62 million as of October 20, meaning she could spend more than $3 million a day during the final two weeks of the election and not go broke.
Clinton has also personally outspent Trump in early October, donating more than $50,000 to her campaign from her own funds, Federal Election Commission reports show.
As recently as Wednesday, Trump told CNN’s Dana Bash that he would dramatically ramp up his donations to his campaign.
“I will have over $100 million in the campaign, and I’m prepared to go much more than that,” he told Bash outside of his new hotel in Washington, DC, declining to offer an exact figure. “In the old days, you’d get credit: If you would spend less money and have victory, that would be a good thing. Today, they want you to spend money.”
Trump has long been under pressure from allies and top fundraisers to give more to Trump Victory. CNN is told that earlier this month, Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus asked him to put more of his own money into his campaign to better compete for advertising.
A source familiar with the conversation said Trump did not do as Priebus asked.
Clinton, a dominant fundraiser in the presidential race, collected $52.8 million in just the first 19 days of October, while Trump took in $30.5 million. Neither of those totals include the money raised for national and state parties that are part of their joint fundraising agreements.
Despite spending $50 million in that period, Clinton actually had slightly more cash than she did the last time she reported to the FEC at the end of September. Clinton is scheduled to spend $48 million on television and radio advertising alone over the last three weeks, according to advertising records.
Clinton’s super PAC also shared new details on the individuals who gave it a historic October haul during which it raised almost $1 million a day. Their $18 million during the reporting period is thanks to traditional Democratic donors like the Simons family of New York, who gave $3 million in early October, and donors greener to major giving, like Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, who chipped in $2.5 million.
Trump’s super PACs that had filed as of Thursday evening showed signs of struggle. Rebuilding America Now, once seen as the main pro-Trump outside group, raised just a few hundred thousand dollars, despite paying generous salaries to their campaign consultants.
One prominent Trump donor was revealed to be loading money into an under-the-radar PAC: Wisconsin roofing billionaire Diane Hendricks gave $4 million to her personal super PAC, Reform America Fund, reports show.