Trump on Poor Fundraising: I’m Having More Difficulty With Republicans Than With Democrats

• June 21, 2016 8:00 am


Donald Trump said he is having more difficulties with fellow Republicans than with Democrats as he tried to explain his campaign's paltry fundraising numbers Tuesday on The Today Show.

In spite of having the Republican nomination effectively wrapped up in May, Trump raised only $3.1 million that month and ended May with just $1.3 million in cash on hand, which is less than some congressional campaigns.

"You understand money, the importance of money," NBC host Savannah Guthrie said. "It helps you mount a professional campaign, and it's a sign of whether people are supporting you, so how do you explain those lackluster results?"

"I understand money better than anybody," Trump said. "I understand it far better than Hillary, and I'm way up on the economy when it comes to questions on the economy, but we have a party that—I'm having more difficulty, frankly, with some of the people in the party than I am with the Democrats, because they're just—they don't want to come on. They will probably eventually come on."

Trump said he might be better off winning the "opposite way" than in the traditional fashion.

"I've raised a lot of money, but you also have to have some help from the party," he said. "But I've raised a lot of money."

Trump said he raised $12 million over the weekend during various fundraisers, which included stops in the red state of Texas.

Democrat Hillary Clinton, while locked in a contentious primary fight with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) in May, raised $27 million that month and has $42 million in cash on hand according to FEC filings.

NBC reported Monday that Clinton and her allies are launching $23 million in ad buys in eight battleground states. Trump had reportedly not spent a nickel in any of those states that will be key in deciding the next president.