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Wed Oct 26, 2016, 12:48 AM

The Republican Nominee, Astonishingly, Has Given Up Fundraising for the Ticket and Party He Leads

The Republican Nominee, Astonishingly, Has Given Up Fundraising for the Ticket and Party He Leads
The Washington Post snagged this astonishing, sign of the times scoop Tuesday night: Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for president and de facto leader of the party, and his campaign have stopped fundraising for the RNC. In fact, Trump Victory, the joint fundraising committee for the party and the campaign, held its last formal fundraiser on Oct. 19, nearly three weeks before the election, the campaign’s national finance chairman, Steven Mnuchin, told the Post. “We’ve kind of wound down,” Mnuchin said in reference to formal fundraisers. “But the online fundraising continues to be strong.” (Update, 11:45 p.m.: The Trump campaign issued this statement from spokesman Jason Miller in response to the reporting on its fundraising, “All fundraising, large and small including our Victory effort, will continue through the end of the election.”)

Just, kinda, wound down? Wound down trying to win? It seems pretty clear, if it wasn’t clear already, that both sides—the GOP and the Trump campaign—have given up on each other. Trump never appeared to care about building a governing majority, or governing in general, so it doesn’t seem like much of a shock that raising money for the GOP party apparatus wasn’t his bag. And, in fairness to Trump, his entire campaign was based on sticking it to the party apparatus, so giving big sums of money to Trump wasn't exactly traditional GOP donors' bag either. In the end, the big ticket fundraisers also likely wound down because there weren't many more funds to raise. Either way, from a party perspective, this could be a (the latest?) death knell, certainly for Trump, but likely for many Republican candidates in tight races up and down the ballot.

“The consequences of halting major fundraisers will compound the challenges facing a candidate and a party already straining to match Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s much larger and better-financed operation,” the Post notes. “Unlike Clinton, who has an extensive turnout operation of her own, Trump and many other GOP candidates down the ballot are relying heavily on the Republican National Committee to bring voters to the polls.”

By contrast, the Clinton campaign has 41 fundraising events lined up between now and Election Day, accord to the Post.* Hillary Clinton’s last fundraising gig will be Tuesday night, but the campaign still has dozens and dozens more lined up featuring other high-profile surrogates. Clinton has also been reportedly weighing her strategic options when it comes to redirecting funds to bolster Democratic candidates in tight races. Obama has also been on the road trying to take advantage of the GOP's top of the ticket weakness to pick off some congressional districts and Senate races that weren't considered winnable previously.

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Agnosticsherbet Oct 2016 OP
oldtime dfl_er Oct 2016 #2
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Ardoewaan Oct 2016 #5
alcibiades_mystery Oct 2016 #6
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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 12:55 AM

2. Starting to get interested

in their strategy for rebuilding, post-Trump. He was never really a Republican, was he? He'll have little power within the party, after the election, and doesn't care about that anyway. He only wants attention for himself and his brand, and whatever money he can siphon off from his campaign. He will walk away from the shambles of a party that he destroyed.

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Response to oldtime dfl_er (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 02:00 AM

3. Trump is for Trump, a right wing populist out for himself.

He knew his audience and played it like a fiddle. He doesn't give a damn about the Republican Party or any Party.

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Response to oldtime dfl_er (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 07:17 AM

5. It was always about Trump

and nobody else but Trump.

Après Trump, le déluge.

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Response to oldtime dfl_er (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 07:25 AM

6. The GOP will shitcan him and tell his followers to get on board or pound sand

 

It will be painful for the next cycle, which is going to be very good news for us, but the yahoos will eventually come on board.

The distance that the Paul Ryans of the world put between themselves and Trump beginning November 9 will be an exhibit for scale in most of the world's planetariums.

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Response to alcibiades_mystery (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 09:15 AM

8. The GOP leaders (Ryan and others) are too afraid of their voters tell them to pound sand.

The message they send will be only a "true conservative" can win the American People. Trump was not a "true conservative." Trump, of course, is not a conservative, true or otherwise. He is a populist demagogue and an opportunist who says what the Tea party. Alt-right faithful want to hear.

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 07:27 AM

7. Trump is only out for himself. Once he cannot use you he drops you.

The GOP voters just found that out.

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 11:22 AM

11. Stiffing his business partners...again.

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