October 26

Trump Pulls Away from Fundraising

Donald Trump had a very short lived fundraising run when it comes to presidential elections. The Republican candidate built the beginning of his primary race on the fact that he was self-funding his own campaign. He promised his voters that he was different than the other candidates because he was not taking big money from big lobbyists in order to repay big favors. But as the 17 candidates narrowed to one, Trump realized he needed to get more serious with his campaign. Although he differentiated himself from other candidates by not involving himself with PACs, he realized to beat Hillary, he had to join her ways.

Trump started fundraising. But instead of PACs and Super PACs raising him big money, he primarily relied on online donations and individual donors. While Hillary spent much of her time at fundraisers to get big money for her election, Trump seemed to do it differently. While there was an internal effort to raise money, he never did fully dive into the world of Super PACs and donors.

And now, with less than two weeks until the general election, Trump’s team has said they will stop all major fundraisers, and rely just on online donations and individual donations. This has raised some red flags for the Republican National Committee, who normally be relying on the fundraisers from Trump to foot the bill for the final splurge until election day. There should be an increase in GOTV efforts as voting day finally arrives, and after a crazy election, what matters most is people getting out and voting on election day.

But it is clear that Trump has never been the RNC’s darling, and so fundraising for the party that he thinks abandoned him will definitely not be at the top of his to do list. Priebus issued the Republican pledge in what is thought to be because of Trump. It made sure that no candidate would seek a third party bid. But after Trump came out on top for the primary, and the other candidates turned against him, Priebus’ plan backfired. The result is a fragmented party. While Priebus puts his effort behind Trump, Trump is not doing the same for the RNC. The Republican candidate and the party are not walking hand in hand on the final stretch of election season.

Trump has been clear he does not care about the establishment, and if actions speak louder than words, him not holding big fundraisers shows this to be true. Despite what happens at the end of this election, it will not be Trump having to deal with the aftermath, but instead, the Republican National Committee. If Trump loses, they will be slung with questions to as why they could not find a better candidate, why they could not help him win, and why Trump was able to attract so many votes in the first place. If the party is supposed to lead Republicans, then the RNC definitely failed. Never has the GOP been so divided on the eve of an election.