Donald Trump raised $51 million in the five weeks through the end of June for his campaign and the Republican party, the Trump campaign said Wednesday, a sign that the presumptive nominee's lagging fundraising efforts are starting to gain traction.
Trump pulled in $26 million for his campaign and another $25 million for the Republican party through the Trump Victory fund, a joint fundraising committee between the candidate and the Republican National Committee. The campaign said in a press release that more than 400,000 people made donations -- 94 percent of which were for less than $200 -- and that Trump contributed another $3.8 million.
June was the first full month that Trump's money apparatus was in place. He formed the joint fundraising committee with the RNC in mid-May, and later that month unveiled a stable of established party donors, including New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, venture capitalist Elliott Broidy, chairwoman of building material provider ABC Supply Co. Diane Hendricks, and developer Ray Washburne. For May, the campaign raised a paltry $3.1 million while the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton pulled in $26.4 million.
Trump's fundraising operation was seeking donations as controversy swirled over his comments in late May and early June that the U.S. federal judge overseeing a lawsuit against him couldn't fairly preside over the case because of his Mexican heritage. The comments, which were labeled racist by both Republican and Democrat leaders, were a fixture in the news for two weeks.
By this point in the 2012 presidential race, then Republican-nominee Mitt Romney had already raised $140 million through a joint fundraising committee with the party. His campaign raised $33 million in June of that year.
Democratic rival Hillary Clinton raised $68.5 million in June -- $40.5 million for her campaign and $28 million for national and local Democratic parties, her aides said last week. Clinton's campaign, which had $44 million cash at the start of July, and the super-PAC's supporting it have already booked about $120 million worth of television ads to run between now and the November election.