Hillary Clinton and allies outpace Team Trump in fundraising

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Donald Trump has picked up his fundraising game but not enough to catch up to challenger Hillary Clinton.

The Republican presidential candidate raised $36.6 million in July, according to newly released filings to the Federal Election Commission. But that is $16 million less than Clinton for the month.

When fundraising by national parties and the super PACs backing the respective candidates are added to the total, team Clinton far outpaces team Trump.

The Democratic National Committee, Clinton and the super PAC backing Clinton, Priorities USA, raised a total of $94.5 million last month.

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In comparison, the Republican National Committee, Trump and two super PACs backing Trump, brought in just two-thirds of the Democrats' total: $68.3 million in July.

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In addition to raising more, team Democrat spent more than team GOP: $79 million to $39 million.

Trump doesn't have much to spend money on. He has not built out a ground game in critical battle ground states, has yet to open a significant number of field offices and doesn't believe in data operations. He just went on the air with his first television advertisements this week with a $4 million ad buy in four states, which was not accounted for in the July numbers.

The $18 million Trump did spend in July, compared to Clinton's $38 million, went mostly to staff payroll at his New York headquarters (as opposed to out in the field) and consultants. A digital company called Giles-Parscale received a massive portion of Trump's campaign cash. He spent just over $8 million - nearly half of his July expenditures - on the firm that he has employed for his businesses since 2011.

Trump also spent nearly $1 million on Trump businesses, including his airline Tag Air.

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Meanwhile, Clinton has been airing television ads for weeks and has spent $61 million so far. When Priorities USA is added to that total, the pro-Clinton television total jumps to just over $100 million.

After shunning fundraisers in the primary and boasting about funding his own campaign, Trump has begun hosting large-dollar fundraisers since he clinched the nomination. Much of his money has come from small donations, in line with his appeal to working-class voters.

What has also been hampering Trump's fundraising is many major Republican donors have sat on the sidelines and refused to get behind him. Charles and David Koch are instead focusing on Senate races as are Joe and Marlene Ricketts, the owners of the Chicago Cubs. Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has not yet opened his wallet and neither has New York hedge fund manager Paul Singer.

Trump, however, has received the support of Robert Mercer through the Make America Number 1 PAC. Mercer was not a supporter of Trump in the primaries but made a $2 million donation to the PAC in July, which was all of the money the PAC raised.

Below is a breakdown of financial filings for July:

CANDIDATES

Hillary Clinton:

  • Raised in July: $52.3 million
  • Raised in June: $36.4 million
  • Spent in July: $38.2 million
  • Cash on Hand: $58.5 million

Donald Trump:

  • Raised in July: $36.6 million
  • Raised in June: $26.7 million
  • Spent in July: $18.5 million
  • Cash on Hand: $38.4 million

Gary Johnson:

  • Raised in July: $1.6 million
  • Spent in July: $856K
  • Total Raised: $2.9 million

NATIONAL PARTIES

Democratic National Committee

  • Raised in July: $32.3 million
  • Raised in June: $11 million
  • Spent in July: $30 million
  • Total Raised: $151.3 million
  • Total Spent: $83 million
  • Cash on Hand: $10.1 million

Republican National Committee:

  • Raised in July: $27.2 million
  • Raised in June: $17.2 million
  • Spent in July: $13.8 million
  • Cash on Hand: $34.5 million

SUPER PACS

Pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA:

  • Raised in July: $9.9 million
  • Raised in June: $12 million
  • Spent in July: $11.4 million
  • Cash on Hand: $38.7 million

Pro-Trump super PAC Make America Number 1

  • Raised in July: $2 million (Robert Mercer)
  • Raised in June: $97.00
  • Spent in July: $300K
  • Cash on Hand: $2.8 million

Pro-Trump super PAC Great America PAC:

  • Raised in July: $2.47 million
  • Raised in June: $2.56 million
  • Spent in July: $2.74 million
  • Cash on Hand: $983K
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