In a campaign of firsts, Donald Trump added another today, vowing to personally match donations over the next 48 hrs up to $2 million. The appeal, while novel, also underscores a new reality for the GOP’s presumptive nominee, who finds himself badly outgunned in the money game as the general-election campaign kicks into full gear.

  • Trump ended May with $1.3m cash on hand compared to Hillary Clinton’s $42.5m
    • Trump lagged badly behind Clinton in May fundraising, with $3.1m compared to her $26.4m
    • Bernie Sanders raised $15.7m in May, with $9.2m in cash on hand
  • Trump bragged often during his successful vanquishing of the Republican primary field about the self-funded nature of his presidential bid
    • His campaign, seeking to put the best face on the latest FEC report, says the candidate’s first fundraiser didn’t occur until May 25 and June is his first full month of fundraising
    • The efforts have been “incredible” so far, campaign says
    • Trump: “If need be, there could be unlimited ‘cash on hand,’ as I would put up my own money, as I have already done through the primaries, spending over $50 million dollars”
    • Trump also says his campaign “leaner and more efficient, like our government should be”
  • Bloomberg estimates Trump’s net worth at ~$2.9b; Forbes says it’s ~$4.5b; Trump has claimed it’s about $10b
  • Businessman/Dallas Mavericks basketball team owner Mark Cuban on Twitter: “If @realDonaldTrump were fractionally as rich as he says he is, he would write a $200m check to propel his campaign. He doesn’t have the cash”
  • A reality check for Trump on the money front will occur on July 20, when the June fundraising reports are filed with the FEC
    • If Trump keeps a traditional schedule at the GOP convention, that’ll be the day before he formally accepts the Republican nomination for president
  • Both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama topped $1b fundraising in 2012 campaign;



  • Clinton, in the first of two speeches on the economy, critiques Trump’s plans, saying his tax proposals would add $30t to national debt over 20 years
    • Says Trump “would throw us back into recession” at campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio
    • Trump campaign, in a departure from past practices, responded rapidly with several e-mails to reporters while she spoke
    • Trump in series of Twitter posts also hit back; says he’s “the king of debt” and it “has been great for me as a businessman, but is bad for the country. I made a fortune off of debt, will fix U.S.”
    • In reference to 2012 Benghazi attack, writes: “If you want to know about Hillary Clinton’s honesty & judgment, ask the family” of Libya Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was killed by Islamic militants
  • Clinton to focus on her own economic proposals Wednesday in remarks in Raleigh, N.C.
  • Trump in speech today to socially conservative evangelical Christian leaders in N.Y., said “we don’t know anything about Hillary in terms of religion,” The Hill reports
  • Trump plans speech tomorrow in N.Y. attacking Clinton
  • Clinton to meet with House Democrats Wednesday at the invitation of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra: Politico



  • The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation was among organizations breached by suspected Russian hackers in a dragnet of U.S. political apparatus ahead of Nov. elections, according to three people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg’s Michael Riley and Jordan Robertson report.
    • Attacks on foundation’s network, as well as those of Democratic Party office and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, compound concerns about her digital security as FBI continues to investigate her use of personal e-mail server while she was secretary of state
    • Spokesman for foundation, Brian Cookstra, said he wasn’t aware of any breach; compromise of foundation’s computers was first identified by govt investigators as recently as last week, the people familiar with matter said
  • Link to full story



  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., sends fundraising pitch on Clinton’s behalf; touts Clinton as “a fighter” who will “hold Wall Street accountable, raise the minimum wage, protect and expand Social Security, and help students graduate from college without being buried in debt”
  • The RNC outraised the DNC in May, $13m to $12.3m
    • Single donor Fred Eychaner, Chicago media tycoon, gave Democratic super-PACs $7m in May



  • Wis. Gov Scott Walker says delegates to GOP convention should be free to vote their conscience on nominee, even if it means not backing Trump
    • Walker, who ended his presidential bid before a vote was cast in any nomination contest, is member of Wis. delegation to convention



  • Trump, Clinton announce dueling endorsements from religious leaders
    • Trump’s ‘Evangelical Executive Advisory Board’ incl. James Dobson, Jerry Falwell Jr., Richard Land, Ralph Reed, former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.
  • Deborah Fikes, evangelical leader who served as executive adviser to World Evangelical Association, endorsed Clinton today; said in statement Trump’s proposals are “un-Christian”
  • Lionel Sosa, GOP strategist who coordinated Hispanic outreach for Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, is leaving party over Trump: San Antonio Express-News
  • Washington Post profiles Ben Sasse of Neb. as “the only Republican in the U.S. Senate who has consistently, and vocally, opposed his party’s nominee”



  • If Trump sticks to his plan to announce his running mate “at the convention” -- meaning at some point after it formally opens in Cleveland on Monday, July 18 -- he will be the first major-party presumptive nominee to wait that long since George H.W. Bush unveiled then-Sen. Dan Quayle as his pick on the Tuesday of the 1988 GOP conclave in New Orleans
    • Since then, the Democratic and Republican vice presidential picks have been named anywhere from a few weeks to a few days before the convention’s convene



Four gun-access votes in the Senate yesterday provided a view of how vulnerable Republican incumbents will react to an issue that has become prominent in campaigns since 49 people were killed in Orlando just over a week ago

  • Illinois’ Mark Kirk was only Republican senator yesterday voting to advance two Democratic proposals and then opposing two Republican proposals on gun control
    • Kirk opposed by Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth in Democratic-leaning state plagued by gun violence in Chicago
  • Rob Portman of Ohio, showing how to defend votes on GOP measures Democrats derided as insufficient, said he supported that to “prevent suspected terrorists from being able to purchase a firearm” and another to “fix flaws in the current background check system”
  • GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte of N.H. joined Kirk as only Republicans who voted to advance Calif. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s proposal that aimed to prevent people on terrorist watch list from purchasing guns, Bloomberg’s Steven T. Dennis reported
    • Ayotte joined most Republicans in opposing Conn. Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy plan to tighten background-check system
    • Ayotte said on Senate floor yesterday she’s working with Maine GOP “a compromise that can pass this body and make sure that terrorists are not allowed to buy guns”
    • Ayotte, facing tough challenge from Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, appeared at press conference this afternoon at which Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins introduced her alternative
  • The Collins plan will get a vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters. It’ll be yet another time to get vulnerable lawmakers on record
  • CO-SEN: Senate Conservatives Action airs TV ad touting El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn as “Colorado’s conservative choice” and praising his stances on gun rights, religious freedom, abortion
    • Group is super-PAC arm of Senate Conservatives Fund, anti-establishment group that’s clashed with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who supports ex-state Rep. Jon Keyser in June 28 GOP primary
    • Winner of five-candidate race to oppose Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet
  • FL-08: Incumbent Republican Rep. Bill Posey will face two challengers in 2016 election, Florida Today reports
    • Democrat Corry Westbrook of Vero Beach and Bill Stinson of Melbourne, who has no party affiliation, will oppose Posey
  • GA-03: Club for Growth’s super-PAC released ad promoting GOP state Sen. Mike Crane as “the real deal” with a conservative voting record, says he’ll “take on the D.C. insiders” in Congress
    • Ad doesn’t mention dentist Drew Ferguson, who’s opposing Crane in July 26 runoff; Crane had 26.9%, Ferguson 26.8% in first-round primary May 24
    • Winner will be shoo-in to succeed retiring GOP Rep. Lynn Westmoreland
  • NE-02: U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed Democratic Rep. Brad Ashford, whose 90% on its 2015 scorecard was second-highest among House Democrats and higher than scores for most Republicans, according to data compiled by Bloomberg
    • Ashford, seeking 2nd term, among just five House Democrats from districts President Obama lost in 2012 election; Republican nominee is Don Bacon
  • KS-01: Roger Marshall’s campaign released TV ad saying that Rep. Tim Huelskamp’s “ugly smears” are “the desperate last gasps of a career politician”
    • The spot, which referred to this Huelskamp ad, calls on Kansans to “turn the page” and back Marshall, an OB-GYN
    • Huelskamp and Marshall will debate June 27; primary is Aug. 2 in state’s most Republican district
  • NY-13: Seven Democrats seeking Rep. Charles Rangel’s seat “clashed over who is best-positioned to carry on the retiring congressman’s work, NY1 News reported about candidate debate yesterday
    • June 28 primary is key election in district that includes parts of northern Manhattan and the Bronx and gave Obama 95% of vote in 2012
  • NY-24: Three Democrats seeking to oppose GOP Rep. John Katko ‘‘didn’t disagree on much” in debate yesterday, Auburn Citizen reported
    • Watch the debate here
      • Eric Kingson, Syracuse U. professor, released ad highlighting opposition to Social Security cuts
  • PA-02: Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah convicted of all charges in federal racketeering case, Philadelphia Inquirer reported
    • Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington called on Fattah to resign, according to statement
    • NOTE: Fattah unseated by state Rep. Dwight Evans in April primary, when 11-term congressman was under indictment

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