He also gifted his campaign $4,049. The loaned amount he could hypothetically get back.
In his campaign announcement speech, Trump had declared he wasn't "using donors." Still, around 60 individual donors (who include a spice importer and a self-employed artist) from all over the country gave the billionaire's campaign $53,075, including nine who gave the maximum $2,700 contribution.
We reached one of those top Trump supporters, Jim Shore, a figurine artist from York, South Carolina.
Shore, who already gave Trump the maxed $5,400 - half for the primary and half for the general - acknowledged that Trump, who claimed Wednesday that he is worth $10 billion, is a wealthy man who might not need his money. Still, he noted that running for president is expensive--Hillary Clinton, he said, is wealthy but will fundraise for her campaign.
Plus, being a contributor is more likely to give him a voice in the campaign, he reasoned.
"I figured early on that I’m going to contribute support to the one that I want to win. It didn’t matter how they’re otherwise funding their campaign," he said. "If at some point I want to make a suggestion or have someone’s ear, it helps if you're participating contributor."
Shore, 65, said he decided to donate to Trump after carefully researching the candidates and determining Trump's business background would make him a good president.
He has followed Trump's careers, through his ups and downs, and has admired his ability to bounce back from past missteps. "I admire anybody who has faced adversity and has overcome it," he said.
Regarding the controversy around Trump's remarks about illegal immigration, Shore said they'd been misinterpreted and that Trump was right that illegal immigration was a problem.
"The perception was 'oh he’s anti immigrant, he’s a xenophobe, he hates immigrants'," he said. "The truth of the matter is that he is probably the only who’s standing up and saying something that protects our immigrant community."
Other fun snapshots from Trump's FEC report:
- Trump's Iowa campaign manager, veteran GOP activist Chuck Laudner, was paid $11,605 since April. There had been rumors that he was paid as much as $30,000 a month, but Trump insisted he was paying the going rate.
- Meanwhile, his New Hampshire state director, Matthew Ciepielowski earned more than $33,680 in that time and Iowa advisor Chris Hupke earned $20,000.
- Big Mac or Fish Filet? Trump's campaign spent $457.72 at McDonalds.
- More than $66,645 went to Trump-related business entities, mostly for rent and hotel stays at his properties.
- Two days before Macy's cut off its business relationship with Trump because of his incendiary remarks about Mexicans, his campaign spent $94.85 in "event supplies" at the department store.
- He spent $506,486 on Tag Air, Inc., a private aviation company.