Major GOP donors are asking Trump for their money back

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Two big-money donors who have given or raised tens of thousands of dollars to Donald Trump are livid at the Republican presidential nominee and are asking for their money back, according to emails obtained by NBC News from a bundler raising money for Trump.

"I cannot express my disappointment enough regarding the recent events surrounding Mr. Trump," one donor wrote to a Trump fundraiser in an email with the subject line "Trump support withdrawal."

"I regret coming to the Trump support event, and in particular allowing my son to be a part of it," the donor, who had given to and raised money for Trump, said. "I respectfully request that my money be refunded."

Senior Trump spokesman Jason Miller said the campaign is "unaware of any donors making such a request."

Source: Republican donor/NBC News

The donor has buyer's remorse after the release of a vulgar video tape last Friday that reveals Trump describing unwanted sexual advances on women.

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Arizona Senator John McCain: "I will not vote for Donald Trump."

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2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney: Trump's "vile degradations ... corrupt America's face to the world."

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New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte: "I will not be voting for Donald Trump."

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush: "No apology can excuse away Donald Trump's reprehensible comments degrading women."

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz: Trump's comments are "disturbing and inappropriate, there is simply no excuse for them."

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South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham: "I have never been comfortable with Donald Trump as our Republican nominee."

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: "Donald Trump should not be President."

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South Dakota Senator John Thune: "Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately."

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Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski: "I cannot and will not support Donald Trump for president."

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Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse: Donald trump "is obviously not going to win [and should] step aside."

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Idaho Senator Mike Crapo: Donald Trump should step aside due to "disrespectful, profane and demeaning" behavior.

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Utah Senator Mike Lee: Donald Trump is a "distraction.

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Maine Senator Susan Collins: Donald Trump is "unsuitable for the presidency ... I [can] not support his candidacy."

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Texas Senator John Cornyn: "I am disgusted by Mr Trump's words about women."

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Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman: "The time has come for Governor Pence to lead the ticket."

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Utah Representative Mia Love: Stated she "cannot vote for" Donald Trump. 

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Ohio Senator Rob Portman: "I can no longer support [Trump]."

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Colorado Representative Mike Coffman: Donald Trump should withdraw "for the good of the country."

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Missouri Representative Ann Wagner: "I withdraw my endorsement and call for Governor Pence to take the lead" in the race.

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Nevada Representative Joe Heck: "I believe our only option is to formally ask Mr. Trump to step down."

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Arizona Senator Jeff Flake: Donald Trump is "wrong about his level of support. He needs to withdraw from the race."

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Virginia Representative Barbara Comstock: Trump's remarks were "disgusting, vile, and disqualifying."

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Illinois Senator Mark Kirk: Donald Trump is a "malignant clown — unprepared and unfit to be president of the United States."

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Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan: "I will support Governor Mike Pence for President."

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Colorado Senator Cory Gardner: Donald Trump's flaws are "beyond mere moral shortcomings ... I cannot and will not support someone who brags about degrading and assaulting women."

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New Jersey Representative Scott Garrett: Has stated he is "appalled" by Trump's actions.

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Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer: "It would be wise for [Trump] to step aside."

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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard: "Enough is enough. Donald Trump should withdraw in favor of Governor Mike Pence."

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Former New York Governor George Pataki: "Enough! [Trump] needs to step down."

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Former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina: "Donald Trump does not represent me or my party."

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Michigan Representative Fred Upton: Donald Trump needs to "step down."

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam: Trump should "step aside and let Gov. Mike Pence assume the role as the party's nominee."

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert: "I will not vote for Trump."

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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley: "I cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump."

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California Representative Steve Knight: Trump's comments were "inexcusable."

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A second donor also requested his money be returned because he is "mortified" over the leaked videotape, according to another email obtained by NBC News.

"I can not (sic) support a sexist man. I have three young children and will not support a crude sexist man," the second donor wrote. "I expect a refund of my donation. Please process immediately and I thank you for your help."

Source: Republican donor/NBC News

The fundraiser who collected the donations, also known as a "bundler," said that the two donors together have contributed or raised tens of thousands of dollars for Trump. Bundlers, common in major party presidential campaigns, are supporters who tap into their own networks to raise money for a candidate.

This bundler, who says he has raised close to $1 million for Trump, said he, too, is fed up with the nominee and has informed the Trump Victory fundraising leaders that he's done raising money for the candidate.

"I give up. I'm totally walking out and disappointed, and the last 72 hours I have lost sleep over it," the bundler, who was granted anonymity in order to speak freely, said in a telephone interview.

Trump's candidacy has divided the party throughout the 2016 campaign but those divisions grew deeper in the wake of the released video. More than fifty elected officials have announced their opposition to the Republican nominee and House Speaker Paul Ryan distanced himself even further from the candidate Monday.

Trump has doubled-down, even launching attacks against those who have come out against him. But the loss of financial support could have practical and damaging implications for his presidential prospects.

Trump has been unable to keep up with Hillary Clinton's $400 million campaign operation (not including the well-funded super PAC backing her). While August was Trump's best fundraising month yet — he took in $41 million — Trump has struggled to gain the support of major Republican donors. Aides at four of the five super PACs backing Trump have repeatedly told NBC News that fundraising for Trump is a struggle.

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The long-time Republican bundler, who has raised money in Florida, Ohio, Los Angeles and in the northeast, said that he is ashamed of his solicitations of cash for Trump, adding that he raised money for him as recently as last week.

"I'm embarrassed. I'm really embarrassed" he said. "I shook hands with him last week and now I want to wash my hand."

The bundler said that the video tape pushed him over the top, but his dissatisfaction had been building. He pointed to other insults to women, including attacks on Fox News host Megyn Kelly and smears of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. He also noted Trump's attacks on federal judge Gonzalo Curiel based on his Mexican American heritage was disconcerting.

"We have to make America great, but he's using the wrong slogan," he said. "It should be, 'You're destroying America,'" he said.

The fundraiser said he will now focus his fundraising efforts on electing Republicans in the House and the Senate.

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