Rice U. expert available to comment on Trump fundraising email


David Ruth

Rice U. expert available to comment on Trump fundraising email

HOUSTON – (June 21, 2016) – After a 24-hour negative news cycle reporting that Donald Trump has little cash on hand compared with Democrat Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Republican nominee for president issued his first large-scale email fundraising letter.

The campaign’s call to action promises donors that Trump will match dollar for dollar up to $2 million in the next 48 hours.

Mark Jones, Rice University professor of political science and a fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, said this today about Trump’s current political and financial situation:

“Donald Trump was able to rely on massive amounts of free media coverage during the GOP presidential primary. And as a result, he was rarely in need of campaign cash other than to support a relatively modest campaign staff.

“As he begins the long sprint toward Nov. 8, however, he will need funds in order to be able to staff and run a national campaign and purchase broadcast time in battleground states. Today he finds himself in the unenviable situation of Hillary Clinton having $42 million cash on hand compared to his reported $1.3 million.

“While Trump has demonstrated a considerable knack for generating copious amounts of free media coverage (also called ‘earned media’), unlike in the primary, he cannot hope to rely on earned media to carry him through to Nov. 8.

“That said, one advantage that Trump holds over Clinton is his unique ability to self-fund at an exceptionally high level. In addition to the importance of fundraising to run an effective campaign, Trump’s ability to raise money will also be used as a barometer by the media and others to measure his level of support among Republican elites, PACs and rank-and-file voters.”

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About David Ruth

David Ruth is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.