THE PROGRESSIVE REVIEW - June 23, 2016
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*-- Hillary Clinton squashing Donald Trump in fundraising --*
NEW YORK - Hillary Clinton is out-raising Donald Trump by historic proportions, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.
The Clinton campaign reported a war chest of $42.5 million as of May 31. The Trump campaign reported only $1.3 million, which by presidential campaign standards, is nearly broke. Clinton's super Pac, Priorities USA has an additional $52 million.
Clinton's campaign and allied groups are planning to spend upwards of $117 million on anti-Trump ads all the way to the election, while the presumptive Republican nominee and allied groups have only $700,000 available for TV ads.
The Federal Election Commission filings added to the bad news on the same day Trump fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. The filings also showed the campaign of the presumptive Democratic nominee had grown to nearly 700 paid employees and the Trump campaign staff was less than 70 people.
The campaign filings are for the month of May, in which Trump secured the winning GOP delegate count weeks earlier than expected as Clinton was still battling to finish off her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders.
The Trump campaign raised $3.1 million from donors in the month. Another $2.2 million was lent to the campaign by the real estate mogul himself. Trump has said he will not continue to self-fund the rest of the election. He has already virtually equaled the $45.7 million amount Mitt Romney lent his 2012 presidential campaign.
At least five members of the House currently have more in their coffers than the Trump campaign, including: Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., with $3 million; Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., with $2.2 million; Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., and Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., who each report about $1.8 million; and Mike Coffman, R-Colo., with $1.4 million.
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