Trump’s fundraising woes extend to Connecticut

Washington – Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has raised less than $50,000 in political cash in Connecticut, while Democratic rival Hillary Clinton pulled in $3.6 million, the latest filings with the Federal Elections Commission show.

Trump’s money deficit in the state is in line with the yawning gap with Clinton he has in fundraising across the nation. Clinton’s campaign had $42 million in the bank as of May 31, according to its report filed with the FEC. Trump’s campaign had $1.3 million. Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., even as he lost the delegate race to Clinton, raised more money than Trump, across the nation and in Connecticut, where he has raised a total of $1.2 million.

Trump has not held a fundraiser in Connecticut, but Clinton has had several, including some hosted by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and her daughter Chelsea.

Total CT contributions by candidate
Through May, the 2016 presidential candidates had raised $8,173,097 in individual, itemized contributions Connecticut. Contributions below $200 are not required to be reported individually.
Candidate Count Total dollars
Clinton (D) 13981 $3,610,266
Sanders (D) 29906 $1,284,786
Bush (R) 700 $1,090,774
Rubio (R) 1252 $524,588
Kasich (R) 613 $374,578
Cruz (R) 3411 $355,633
Christie (R) 138 $249,525
Carson (R) 1786 $166,462
Walker (R) 120 $107,671
Graham (R) 81 $88,535
Fiorina (R) 294 $84,639
Paul (R) 388 $63,231
O’Malley (D) 44 $54,550
Trump (R) 180 $45,293
Lessig (D) 24 $17,525
Pataki (R) 9 $14,600
Webb (D) 14 $10,159
Johnson (L) 22 $7,219
Huckabee (R) 19 $6,394
Santorum (R) 30 $5,726
Stein (G) 30 $5,244
Perry (R) 3 $3,000
Jindal (R) 1 $2,700
Total 53046 $8,173,097
Federal Election Commission

Related: You can browse the individual contributions from Connecticut in our database

Trump responded to his poor fundraising figures by going on the offensive, saying  GOP fundraisers have failed to rally around his campaign.

“I’m having more difficulty, frankly, with some of the people in the party,” Trump said on NBC’s “Today” show, “They don’t want to come on.”

The real estate mogul said he may have to loan his campaign money. During the primaries, Trump poured $43 million into his campaign.

But a general campaign would be far more costly.
GOP fundraiser Fred Mallker told the Wall Street Journal that he estimated Trump would have to spend $300 million to $500 million to fund a viable campaign against Clinton.

Meanwhile, GOP leaders are expressing concern this week that Trump’s fundraising weakness will impact the ability of Republican candidates to raise money in gubernatorial, Senate and congressional races and other “down ticket” contests.

All of the presidential candidates have raised a combined $8,173,097 in Connecticut in 53,046 contributions, according to FEC data through May 31.

Support for presidential campaigns reached a peak in March of $1.09 million. In May, giving dropped down to $380,000.
All of the presidential candidates have raised a combined $8,173,097 in Connecticut in 53,046 contributions, according to FEC data through May 31.

Support for presidential campaigns reached a peak in March of $1.09 million. In May, giving dropped down to $380,000.

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