An interesting article about Trump and fundraising.

Trump has been selling himself as a ant-political establishment type who doesn’t need PACs and fund raisers to fund his campaign, thus keeping him free from the corruption such things bring. This article seems to suggest that’s not quite the case.

Trump has touted his personal wealth as a credential on the campaign trail, bragging that he doesn’t need donations from anyone and calling for an overhaul of the campaign finance system.

Trump gave a hint Sunday that he may be changing his tone, saying, “Certainly I would take contributions, I actually like the idea of investing in a campaign.”

“But it has to be no strings attached. I don’t want any strings attached,” he said on CBS’ “Face The Nation.”

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According to the article Trump attended a fundraiser in NJ where guests could “donate” to either his SuperPAC as well as a 501(c)(4) non profit.

Trump attended a fundraising event Sunday at the home of real estate developer Charles Kushner and his wife, Seryl — Ivanka Trump’s in-laws — on the Jersey Shore. Some attendees were asked to pony up $10,000 for a group called Make America Great Again. According to an invitation, organizers have set up a super PAC as well as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit. While a super PAC is required to disclose its donors, the nonprofit is not.

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Trump continues to insist that he has people just ready to hurl money at him.

At a campaign stop Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa, Trump floated the idea of accepting more donations. He said numerous people have offered to write his campaign checks for millions of dollars.

“I turn down so much money. I feel like such a stupid person,” Trump said. “I’ll just take a vote. How about if I take all of this money — and I promise you, I swear to you — that I won’t do anything for these people. How about that?”

As the packed ballroom broke out in a chorus of “boos,” Trump renewed his pledge that he would not be beholden to donors and their special interests.

“I think one of the things they like about me is nobody’s going to buy me,” Trump said.

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Yet the article also says that those in attendance at the NJ event felt obligated to “donate” or risk losing influence and future business with “The Donald”

And yet, some guests said they attended Trump’s weekend fundraiser and donated — begrudgingly — because they did not want to jeopardize their business relationships with the Kushners or the Trumps, according to an attendee. Both families are powerful forces in the real estate industry and the Kushners have already thrown their support behind Trump’s campaign. Seryl Kushner donated $100,000 to the super PAC supporting him, according to a source close to the family.

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I won’t quote the whole thing. It’s an interesting read and I suggest going over the whole story. There are a couple of thoughts I had after I was done reading it.

1. This idea of “donations” not being completely voluntary is interesting. It sounds like in sports, primarily football when you have “non mandatory” OTA and mini camps. Yes, it may not be required for a player to attend. That said, no one is going to pretend the coachs aren’t seeing who came and who didn’t. It sounds like some in the real estate market are feeling the same way about Trump. They may not want to give money and it may all really be “voluntary”. But it seems like those involved don’t belive that and while they may donate, it’s more for a self interest than because they believe in Trump’s cause.

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2. I have realized something about Trump. He is the free to play mobile game presidential candidate. He comes in, says what the base of the right wing is thinking and sells himself as the non PC, non establishment guy who talks straight and has the self made wealth to buck the PACs and the fund raising machine. It’s like when you start Candy Crush and the first few levels are easy and fun and you love the game. But then after some time, it gets harder and the game starts throwing suggestions of all these little things you can buy to help. Oh they aren’t “required”. But they help. It’s when you get to that point where you ask yourself “How much fun am i really having with this, and is it enough to support the developer”? That’s where I think Trumps supporters and backers are starting to arrive at. So far nothing has been asked of them. It’s been fun and free. But now, perhaps things are changing and Trump has decided either he needs more money because he really is serious about this, or his miscalculated and doesn’t want to dip into his own personal wealth as badly as he thought he did. Either way, his followers will now have to decide if the message is he spewing is good enough to actually put their money where their mouth is.

That’s all I have. I just thought it was an interesting read.

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