Donald Trump is facing a cash crunch after burning through $800 million in campaign funds including $11 million on Super Bowl adverts and $156 on planes to pulls MAGA banners.
The $1.1 billion the Republican party had raised since 2019 through to July has 'evaporated,' according to The New York Times, and with it a $200 million advantage over Joe Biden.
Top Republican officials briefed on the budget have been told that the Art of the Deal author needs to reign in his spending just 56 days before Americans go to the polls.
Former campaign manager Brad Parscale, who presided over the profligacy, was replaced in July by Bill Stepien who has introduced various cost-cutting measures and scrapped planned extravagances, such as a $3 million MAGA liveried NASCAR vehicle.
President Donald Trump speaks during campaign MAGA rally at Southern New Hampshire University Arena in August last year
Trump campaign spent $325,000 on the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida, for the cancelled RNC convention
Trump splashed $11 million on Super Bowl adverts to match the spending of billionaire Michael Bloomberg
GOP strategist Ed Rollins accused Parscale of spending 'like a drunken sailor.'
'If you spend $800 million and you're 10 points behind (in the polls), I think you've got to answer the question, 'What was the game plan?' Rollins told the Times.
$21 million – Legal fees since 2019, including a $666,666.67 bill to Reuters News & Media for unspecified 'legal proceedings – resolution
$11 million – Superbowl commercials
$6 million – 'Donor mementos'
$1 million – TV adverts in Washington DC
$800,000 – Boosting former campaign manager Brad Parscale's Facebook and Instagram accounts
$325,000 – Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida, for the cancelled RNC convention
$156,000 – Airplanes to haul Trump banners across the sky
$110,000 – Yondr magnetic pouches for donors' phones to be stored in during fundraising bashes so they can't record Trump
Parscale's tenure saw more than $350 million of the $800 million spent on fund-raising operations to find donors.
Other expenses included $4 million on hosting events at Trump family businesses; his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, donor retreats to Trump hotels and thousands spent in the steakhouse at Trump's Washington DC hotel.
There was also $110,000 paid to Yondr, a manufacturer of magnetic pouches for cellphones which were used at fundraising soirees to prevent guests from recording Trump.
The campaign had a large team of well-paid staff working at a colossal office in the Virginia suburbs and Parscale lavished himself with a chauffeur driven car, as well as $800,000 on boosting his Facebook and Instagram profiles.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more