Thanks to a “fantastic” fund-raising effort in June and July, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has raised $132 million, according to his campaign manager, Paul “The Bagman” Manafort.
As with everything else that comes out of the campaign, we’ll require some verification before we believe it–that will come when the campaign has to file an updated finance report by Labor Day. But let’s assume they’ve raised the money: What are they doing with it?
It’s hard to tell. Trump has practically no ground operations in two states he needs to win–Ohio and Florida–and another key state he thinks he can flip, Pennsylvania. There’s no evidence he’s reserved TV time in the crucial month of October to run political ads. And while Hillary has spent a lot of money to advertise during the Olympic coverage, Trump is nowhere to be found.
Meanwhile, Trump hasn’t filed paperwork required to forgive the $50 million personal loan he made to the campaign, as he promised to do in June. He travels everywhere is his personal jet and holds as many campaign-related events at Trump properties as he can. The cost for all of this is billed to his campaign. Then there are various family members involved in the campaign; I wonder what kind of salaries they’re drawing?
Until we see some evidence to the contrary, I’m inclined to believe The Donald views the campaign fund as his personal piggy bank. Maybe that’s what he had in mind when he said last week that he’ll enjoy a long, lovely vacation if he loses the election.