Monday, October 31, 2016

Despite Repeated Claims, Trump Now Won't Commit To Spending $100M

By CAITLIN MACNEAL Published OCTOBER 28, 2016, 11:16 AM EDT

For the past month, Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that he will personally contribute more than $100 million to his own campaign by Election Day, but now Trump will not commit to reaching that goal.

"We'll see what's needed," Trump told Fox News' Bret Baier when discussing whether he's meet his pledge to spend $100 million of his own money in an interview set to air Friday evening.

Trump had been boasting that he would donate $100 million by the end of the election cycle. But according to FEC reports filed Thursday night, Trump only donated about $31,000 to his campaign in the first half of October, bringing his total contributions to a little over $56 million.

The most recent FEC filing covers through Oct. 19. So in the three weeks between then and the election, Trump will have to cough up somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 percent of the total he's given for the whole campaign to reach his $100 million vow. Again, roughly $44 million in about three weeks.

Trump told Baier that he plans to write a $10 million check to his campaign on Friday, but that would still fall short of his lofty $100 million pledge.

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