The GOP presidential nominee had just $16 million left in his campaign coffers on Oct. 19, compared to Hillary Clinton's $62 million. When the cash reserves of their joint fundraising committees are included, Clinton's war chest grew to $153 million, while Trump's totaled $68 million.
The real estate billionaire is nowhere close to personally donating $100 million to his bid as he has claimed he will, an assertion he repeated Thursday at a rally in Toledo. Even though Trump's website and email appeals have been promising to double- or triple-match the donations of his supporters, Trump gave his campaign less than $31,000 in in-kind contributions in the first 19 days of October. That's down from the $2 million in cash he had been contributing each month.
Trump's total personal donations to his campaign now total $56.1 million.
Trump's campaign and the two joint fundraising committees he has with the national party together collected $61 million in the first 19 days of the month — a falloff from September, when the three committees pulled in $100 million, including $53 million for Trump's campaign committee. The drop-off coincides with the controversy that followed the Oct. 7 revelation of a tape in which the real estate developer can be heard bragging about groping women.
An array of super PACs that have sought to bolster Trump's bid have also struggled to raise money. While Clinton's main super PAC hit a record $175 million in contributions this month, more than a dozen pro-Trump groups together were on track to hit less than $65 million in contributions by Oct. 19.
As Trump's campaign contributions fell this month, the campaign spent more than it raised, shelling out $49 million in the first 19 days of October. Of that, $19 million went to American Media & Advocacy Group to place television ads and $14 million for digital consulting and ads went to Giles-Parscale, the firm of his digital director Brad Parscale.
The campaign also spent $332,511 reimbursing Trump properties for expenses, including $13,431 to the new Trump International hotel in Washington for “facility rental and catering" on Oct. 17. Trump held a news conference at the hotel in September and appeared there again Wednesday for a formal ribbon-cutting.
For its part, the Republican National Committee picked up its fundraising pace in October, pulling in $19.8 million in the first 19 days of the month. But the party is still about $72 million behind the amount it had brought in at this point in the 2012 elections.
A major factor: Trump has not raised as much in high-dollar donations for the party as nominee Mitt Romney did four years ago. In 2012, Romney Victory, his joint fundraising committee with the RNC, transferred nearly $142 million to the national party, FEC filings show. This year, Trump's joint fundraising committees have directed $61 million to the RNC — including just $2.26 million this month.
There is unlikely to be a big surge of cash coming in the final days. The campaign did not set up a formal schedule of high-dollar fundraising events for the last two weeks of the race, while Clinton had 41 on the books, as The Washington Post reported this week.