Donald Trump Has Spent Less Than $2 Million of His Own on GOP Campaign
"To be No. 1 in every poll, both state and national, and to have spent the least amount of dollars of any serious candidate is a testament to what I can do for America."
Donald Trump has spent a little more than $1.9 million of his own fortune since launching his presidential campaign, he announced Thursday afternoon.
The GOP frontrunner filed his third-quarter Federal Election Commission report, which stated that between July 1 and Sept. 30, the campaign raised $3.9 million and spent $5.6 million, according to a statement from Trump. The campaign also reported $254,772 in cash on hand.
"While our original budget was substantially higher than the amount spent, good business practices and even better ideas and policy have made it unnecessary to have spent a larger sum," said Trump in the statement. "To be No. 1 in every poll, both state and national, and to have spent the least amount of dollars of any serious candidate is a testament to what I can do for America."
Jeb Bush's campaign raised about $13.4 million in the third quarter. That was more than both Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz had raised, but was far less than the $20 million raised by Ben Carson, Politico reported.
On the Democrats' side, Hillary Clinton raised more than $28 million in the third quarter and now has nearly $33 million in the bank, according to documents filed by Hillary for America. She has now received more than 600,000 contributions from almost 400,000 individual campaign donors.
Trump routinely has boasted about his mostly self-funded campaign, but his camp did accept 73,942 unsolicited donations with an average contribution of $50.46, according to his statement.
Trump has made headlines almost daily since announcing he was running for president, and Thursday was no different. The former Apprentice host took to Twitter to complain about the upcoming GOP debate hosted by CNBC, which will be held in Boulder, Colo.
As of now, the debate format does not allow for an opening or closing statement, and the time frame is open: an issue that may cause Trump to boycott the event, according to reports.