Honestly, I’m surprised I haven’t really seen press coverage of this- nor comments from his rivals.
We all know Trump has been bragging that he is paying for his candidacy himself (more or less true so far), so he won’t be beholden to any “interests”. Which has helped garner a lot of support as an “outsider”.
But let’s be clear. Trump is NOT wealthy enough to finance his own campaign through the general election.
So just how does he plan on financing his run? Anyone? He’s likely to be cut off from much of the normal GOP funding.
I see a few options:
- If there’s truth to the idea he doesn’t really want to be president but was just on a powertrip- he could self fund/ take small donations from supporters…and federal matching funds. He would be wildly outspent…and likely loose. Which may serve him well- not having to deal with being president- while continuing to be able to rail against the corruption in politics.
- He starts raking in money from whomever he can. Plenty of people- from the neo-nazis and aryan nation to the multitude of, ahem, “businessman” of his ilk would love to have one of their own as president.
- Well, not really sure if there is a 3. But if anyone can up with a maybe, possibly legal scheme to raise lots of money (and sue, sue, sue anyone who challenges them) it’s probably Trump. Maybe a fund to “distribute” federal holdings to his supporters? How many millions would the Grand Canyon raise? A seat on a NASA mission? How much am I bid for Vice President? That ope Supreme Court seat?