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Trump Tweets Raise Money for Clinton

"Troll Trump" fundraiser collects donations each time The Donald tweets

 

October 25, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is well known for his frequent Twitter Storms.

Now, a clever fundraising program on opponent Hillary Clinton's website is taking advantage of that activity by allowing donors to pledge a certain amount for each tweet.

The "Troll Trump" campaign lets donors to pledge as little as ten cents, or as much as $100. They can also set a daily limit on the contribution, just to guard against an over-zealous midnight tweet-fest on Trump's part.

Donald Trump's official Twitter account averages around 25 tweets each day, but he has been known to send out as many as 80 in a single 24-hour period.

Overall, Clinton has raised more than twice as much money as Trump during this campaign, with $949.6M in donations compared to Trumps $449.1M. As of October 21, the Clinton campaign has $177.7M on hand, while Trump has $97.3M.

All candidates are required to file regular financial reports with the Federal Election Commission.

The two candidates' have somewhat different priorities in spending, as shown below. Most obviously, Clinton seems to have invested much more in payroll, employee benefits, and payroll taxes.

Trump –

$11.1M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Digital Consulting/Online Advertising

$5.3M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Media Placement

$4.4M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Travel

$2.1M. . . . . . . . . . . . . Hats, T-shirts, Buttons, Freight, etc.

$1.3M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Credit Card Payment

$1.0M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Field Consulting

$0.7M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Merchant Fee

$0.6M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Payroll

$0.6M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Audio Visual Services

$0.6M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facility Rental

Clinton –

$32.7M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Media Buy

$3.6M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Payroll & Benefits

$2.3M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Travel and Subsistence

$1.9M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Event Production

$1.8M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Payroll Taxes

$1.8M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Credit Card Payment

$1.3M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Polling

$0.9M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rent

$0.8M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Revenue Processing Fees

$0.5M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Media Production

 

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