America Comes First, a political action committee that backed Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency, is continuing to flout campaign finance laws. The treasurer of the PAC, David Schamens, said the group’s FEC filings were inaccurate, and that they would be amended. Last week they were — but the amended filing includes new irregularities.
Clinton and Priorities USA, the Super PAC that supports her, have spent $360 million on all types of advertising since the beginning of the campaign. That total blows away the $147 million spent on advertising by Trump and his two affiliated Super PACs during the same period.
Donald Trump has shaken American politics to their very core. And in the process, he has, maybe without knowing it, completely re-aligned the positions and appeals of the two major parties. That’s because Trump is an opportunist.
At the beginning of June, Donald Trump’s campaign had just $1.3 million in cash-on-hand, after paying for the previous month’s campaign expenses. Hillary Clinton had $43 million. Trump raised just $3 million in May. Clinton raised $26 million.
Fundraising has become Trump’s priority: He’s spending his time fundraising in solidly Republican states instead of focusing on battleground ones, and last week, Trump and RNC Chairman Reince Preibus went on a Southern fundraising tour.
The Trump campaign’s lack of fundraising experience and infrastructure has forced it to rely more heavily on the Republican Party raise money than nearly any other Republican presidential candidate in modern history.
Carson, in an interview with CNN after he announced that he would be dropping out of the race, said “We had people who didn’t really seem to understand finances, or maybe they did—maybe they were doing it on purpose.”
Many of the super PACs and the campaigns are run by a revolving door of close friends and staffers, ensuring that the two sides share a common playbook even when they avoid tripping over the vague Federal Election Commission rules banning coordination.
One of the constellation of committees appears to be underwritten by Republican mega-donor Robert Mercer and his family. Campaign lawyers said the arrangement is unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.
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