- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Donald Trump’s campaign on Wednesday touted an $80 million fundraising haul for July, nearly matching Hillary Clinton’s $90 million for the month and demonstrating Mr. Trump can stay competitive with Mrs. Clinton in the hunt for donor dollars.

The $80 million the Trump campaign collectively raised with the Republican National Committee was well above his $51 million total in June, and came in a month where both candidates accepted their parties’ presidential nominations and officially turned their eyes to the general election.

“We were very proud of that, because we only got it started really in June, and we had a great month in June — 51 million — with a lot of money coming from the small donors,” Mr. Trump said at a rally in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Meanwhile, Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson’s campaign said it collected more than $1 million in the last two weeks, as Mr. Johnson made the rounds of the Democratic and Republican conventions, urging voters to look beyond the two traditional behemoth parties.

The big Trump fundraising haul came amid a rough week for the billionaire businessman, who on Wednesday fended off reports of turmoil within his campaign.

“I just want to tell you the campaign is doing really well,” Mr. Trump said at the start of the rally. “It’s never been so well united. We started on June 16th. I would say right now, it’s the best in terms of being united that it’s been since we began.”

The high cash total could help to settle the fears of congressional Republicans who have worried about being starved for cash in November without a good fundraiser at the top of their ticket.

Trump campaign finance chairman Steven Mnuchin said $64 million of the $80 million came from small-dollar contributions.

“A lot of them are traditional Republicans, a lot of them are new Republicans, and I’m sure there’s a lot of Bernie Sanders supporters that have come over as well,” Mr. Mnuchin said on Bloomberg TV.

Mr. Trump’s campaign reported $37 million cash on hand at the start of August, compared to $58 million for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.

But the $37 million is still a vast improvement from the $1.3 million in the bank the Trump campaign had at the end of May.

Though Mr. Trump’s campaign nearly caught up to Mrs. Clinton in July, she still enjoys an advantage in terms of financial support from outside groups.

Priorities USA Action, the main pro-Clinton super PAC, has raised and committed a total of more than $140 million this cycle, and has been pounding Mr. Trump on television in close to a dozen key battleground states.

Several similar pro-Trump outside groups have popped up, but haven’t caught on to such a degree.

Investor Tom Barrack, who spoke at the Republican National Convention, said in early June he had secured $32 million in commitments for an outside group called Rebuilding America Now.

But the group reported only about $2.2 million in receipts for the month of June. A single donor, California real estate developer Geoffrey H. Palmer, sent the group a $2 million check on June 3.

The campaigns released some aggregate totals this week, but full reports aren’t due to the Federal Election Commission until later this month.

Mr. Johnson’s campaign said they won’t release any of their details until then — though they claimed to have raised $1 million in the last couple of weeks in a fundraising pitch Wednesday.

He raised about $664,000 in June and had about $460,000 on hand at the start of July.

Both Mr. Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are still working to drum up their name ID to reach the 15 percent polling threshold candidates need to qualify for the presidential debates, though the inclusion of both third-party alternatives in polls means they might eat into one another’s support.

Ms. Stein’s campaign raised about $960,000 in July, after raising about $210,000 in June and finishing June with about $235,000 on hand.

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