Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, hoped to raise $1 billion for Trump’s campaign by election day. Thus far, his goal seems unattainable. According to Vanity Fair, Trump campaign officials are frantic over the campaign’s early fund-raising difficulties.
Donald Trump Jr. pointed out that Trump only raised about $30 million in the last quarter. For Obama’s re-election campaign, he raised $45 million in the second quarter of 2011.
Trump’s fundraising woes are reportedly driven by several factors. First and foremost in the list is Trump himself. His style of governing, including his endless tweeting, has turned off donors. One Republican donor said, “There’s Trump fatigue. The 2020 bumper sticker should be: ‘Same Policies, but We Promise Less Crazy.’”
More, some donors are giving less because his polling numbers in important states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, have continually been abysmal.
A final problem is the donor-outreach effort. One donor said, “there’s no follow-through. They don’t return favors.” One former administration official said, “donors are not being taken care of.”
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