Although Donald Trump has a virtual lock on the GOP nomination for president, he’s at the back of the pack in campaign contributions from Kentuckians.
Newly released Federal Election Commission figures through May 31 show the New York billionaire has taken in just $43,861 in the 2015-2016 campaign cycle. The Democrats’ likely nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has raked in 16 times as much: $709,377.
Viewed another way, of the 10 White House candidates who’ve raised the most money in the commonwealth, Trump has only received 3% of the GOP donations from Kentuckians. Clinton has gotten considerably more: 54% of Democrats’ total contributions:
Still, the Republican Party of Kentucky — led by Brown-Forman executive J. MacCauley Brown — says it isn’t worried about Trump’s weak fundraising. Spokesman Tres Watson told WFPL: “The RPK and Republican National Committee continue to raise significant funds and will have more than enough financial resources to win races up and down the ballot this fall.”
Nationwide, Clinton also has a huge fundraising advantage. She’s received $229.3 million vs. $63.1 million for Trump. That’s burdened him with the worst financial and organizational disadvantage of any major party nominee in recent history, according to The New York Times.
Trump began June with just $1.3 million in cash in the bank vs. more than $42 million for Clinton.
Sen. Rand Paul, the Republican now defending his seat against Democratic nominee Jim Gray of Lexington, has received the most GOP White House money in the state, nearly $368,000, even though he dropped out of the race in early February.
Nationwide in that Senate race, Paul has raised far more than Gray: $1.3 million vs. $881,665, according to the FEC.
That’s given Paul a bigger war chest of cash on hand at the end of May: $1.4 million vs. $1.1 million for Gray.