While Trump during his campaign frequently promised to “drain the swamp” of the political establishment in Washington, McGahn has an extensive history in the capital, especially in conservative politics.
Donald Trump has contributed a total of $395,508 to his campaign, as of the end May. The number Trump is referring to when he talks about “self-funding” his campaign — usually, $50 million — refers to the amount he has loaned his campaign. There isn’t any evidence yet that Trump has converted his loans into outright contributions.
Campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks told NBC that the paperwork “will be filed with the next regularly scheduled FEC report,” and declined to provide any documentation. Of course, that’s what she did last time.
Though Trump’s press release says he now considers these loans donations, Trump has a history of claiming to have donated to charity cases without actually doing so.
That fundraising report begged the question: Is Trump genuinely in this to win it, or is he just enjoying his elevated national platform to reap the benefits of free PR?
Trump loaned his campaign $11.5 million in March, his largest one-month loan of the campaign. After that, his monthly contributions started decreasing: $7.5 million in April, and just $2.2 million in May. June was the first month the Trump campaign took in more from donations ($3.1 million) than it did from Trump’s loans.
Donald Trump is loaning his campaign money, not paying for anything outright. And you can bet he’ll want supporters’ help paying himself back.
The Trump campaign could in fact represent the climax in some orgiastic jumble of self-aggrandizement, political dress-up, and getting paid to threaten brown people.