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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Donald Trump hikes campaign spending but total is still behind Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump (AP)
Donald Trump (AP)

Donald Trump doubled his campaign expenses last month, yet was still spending at a far slower rate than Hillary Clinton.

New finance documents show the Republican presidential nominee's campaign spent about 18.5 million dollars (£14 million) in July.

By comparison, the Democratic presidential nominee spent about 38 million dollars (29 million).

The New York businessman gave his campaign another 2 million dollars (£1.53 million) in recent weeks. He had pledged to contribute as part of a fundraising pitch to small donors, telling them he would match their efforts up to that amount.

In all, his campaign brought in 37 million dollars (£28.3 million) for the month. Clinton's campaign raised 52 million dollars (£39.8 million).

Mr Trump has continued to increase the size of his operation, putting 5 million dollars (£3.8 million) this week into his first batch of TV ads. Mrs Clinton has been running general election ads for months.

Last month Mr Trump brought in some new consultants and firms, July reports to the Federal Election Commission show.

At the end of July, the campaign paid 100,000 dollars (£76,000) to Cambridge Analytica, a deep-dive data firm that did business with Republican opponent Ted Cruz.

Hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, who contributed 2 million dollars to a pro-Trump super political action committee in July, is an investor in Cambridge.

The Trump filings also show some old ties.

Two weeks after campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was ousted, the Trump campaign sent his firm, Green Monster Consulting, another 20,000 dollar (£15,300) cheque.

That is about the same amount it had paid him each month while he was running the campaign.

At the time of the latest payment, Mr Lewandowski was already on the payroll of CNN, where he is a political contributor.


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