Donald Trump’s paltry fundraising in Kentucky shows how far he’s got to go

Here’s how much Donald Trump has coasted on free publicity in Kentucky to advance his who’d-a-thunk-it presidential campaign: He ranks No. 10 among candidates who’ve collected contributions in the state, raising a grand total of only $27,654, according to the latest Federal Election Commission numbers. Compare that to Sen. Rand Paul, who raked in $367,924 in the state before dropping his bid three months ago, and likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton‘s $443,851.

Yours for $25.

To be sure, Trump hasn’t done any formal fundraising so far, relying instead on casual contributions and merchandise sales through his campaign website. But now that he’s got a virtual lock on the GOP nomination, his days of relying solely on gratis media attention are over. He acknowledged as much yesterday, but ruled out self-funding his campaign, however many billions he may have in the bank, according to Slate.

Related: For the third consecutive month, Sen. Bernie Sanders raised more money in Kentucky than any other presidential candidate. And more about Louisville politics.

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