Donald Trump set to kick off aggressive fundraising efforts in LA

Donald Trump won't release tax returns before November election
Donald Trump won't release tax returns before November election

Donald Trump is expected land in Los Angeles later this month to begin a series of aggressive fundraising events with the aim of raising up a $1 billion.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is set to attend a May 25 dinner at the home of real estate investor Thomas Barrack Jr., which will include a photo line, cocktails and dinner, according to the Washington Post.

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The founder of Colony Capital, Barrack has been a business partner of Trump's and served as a deputy undersecretary in the Department of the Interior when Ronald Reagan was president.

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"I have invested with Donald in a multitude of transactions over three decades and he has always exceeded my expectations on every measurable metric of excellence," Barrack said when he endorsed Trump back in February.

The dinner will be the first of as many as 50 finance events that the campaign and Republican party are planning as they try to rapidly build out a structure to appeal to major donors.

Trump's suddenly hard-hitting fundraising effort, after criticizing rival nominees for gathering contributions from wealthy donors, marks a big shift in his bid for the White House.

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