- As of the end of the third quarter, Trump’s reelection campaign and its affiliated PACs had already spent more than $171 million; $100 million of that was by the campaign itself. Compare that to the $40 million Bernie Sanders had spent, the $34 million Elizabeth Warren had spent or the $27 million Joe Biden had spent — and those people are actually running in a hotly contested primary. What has the Trump campaign gotten for it? It’s a little hard to tell, given that his approval ratings are still weak and he trails the Democratic contenders in just about every poll.
- If you contribute $50 to the Republican National Committee, you can get a signed copy of Donald Trump Jr.’s new book, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.” That means that the RNC probably bought thousands of copies of Jr.’s book, every one of which earns him a royalty, not to mention boosts sales figures to make the book look more successful.
- According to an investigation by Judd Legum, the Trump campaign runs frequent “contests” as fundraising tools, in which people are told they can win things like a meal with the president. Yet no one ever seems to win. After Legum published his report, the campaign produced two contest “winners,” neither of whom actually got the meal with Trump they had been promised.
- This week Senate Republicans are holding a “Save the Senate” retreat at the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Win or lose, at least they’ll put some more money in the president’s pocket.
- Trump has reportedly been speaking with Mark Burnett, the producer of “The Apprentice,” about doing a Trump-branded version after he leaves office. As the Daily Beast reports: “The TV program would be explicitly politics-themed and take full advantage of Trump’s status as a former president of the United States and a newfound Republican kingmaker.”
- The White House has hired former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi to help with “impeachment messaging.” In 2013, Trump’s “foundation” gave an illegal $25,000 contribution to Bondi’s PAC (foundations can’t donate to political groups), while her office considered whether to investigate his Trump University scam. Bondi decided not to, then Trump filed a false tax return, claiming that the $25,000 had been donated to a nonprofit group in Kansas with a name similar to Bondi’s PAC.
- Another White House hire is Florida televangelist Paula White, Trump’s “spiritual adviser.” A practitioner of “prosperity gospel,” which says God wants you to be rich and that it will happen if you make a hefty donation of whatever you do have, White once told her flock that they should donate up to a month’s pay to her church, and that if they didn’t, God’s wrath would fall upon them.
November 7, 2019 at 1:15 PM EST