Donald Trump can unite the Republican party and push himself towards a likely victory in November with a single signature. All he has to do is write a check to his campaign for a large sum of money: $40 million to bring him up to Hillary Clinton’s cash-on-hand level. If he does that, it’s game over for Hillary.
To understand why, it’s important to realize just how badly he’s doing. Yesterday’s FEC finance report was the worst possible news for the Trump campaign. He has $1.3 million left in his campaign compared to Hillary’s $42.5 million war chest. She’s been outspending him big time in the all-important battleground states. There were many wondering why he hadn’t spent a dime in any of them. Was this some Trumpian strategy that seems unorthodox but tends to work in the long run? Was he saving everything for a blitz to start following the convention? After seeing the dire state of his finances, we now know the answer.
What makes it worse is that one out of every five dollars donated to his campaign goes to someone or something with the Trump name attached to it. He’s spending big with the entities that will drive his future success if he isn’t elected. Hedging one’s bets on a future loss is not the winning attitude that his supporters want to see in him. It’s as if he’s running a scam.
He has a quarter of the campaign cash-on-hand as Ted Cruz who dropped out in early May. Despite this, Cruz almost beat Trump in fundraising for the month.
This looks like a campaign that’s in a free fall, but all of this gets wiped away if he strokes a check for $40 million. He would release a statement saying that he’s committed to winning and this is a gesture to let America know how serious he is. In this statement, he would say that now that he’s leveled the playing field with Hillary, he’s relying on patriotic Americans to chip in what they can.
The coffers would fill up quickly. He might even have a chance of reaching his goal of raising $300 million for the campaign, a number that was far below the $1 billion he initially predicted. This is an extremely important number to achieve because it would lend credibility to his ability to grasp economics. By boasting his ability to raise so much money and falling so terribly short as he’s currently doing, America needs to wonder just how far off he is with the rest of his estimates and policy proposals.
It’s easy to see that $40 million is a lot of money, but keep in mind that based upon his financial claims, a campaign donation of this size would only account for 0.4% of his net worth. That’s like an average American with the medium net worth of $44,900 donating $179.60. There are many hard working Americans who want their candidate to win so badly that they’ve donated quite a bit more than that.
This is more than just a fundraising play. There are plenty of Republicans who still don’t think Trump is a serious candidate. Sure, he loves talking to thousands of supporters at rallies and getting interviewed on “the shows” but does he have what it takes to run a real campaign? If he can’t run a real campaign, would he have what it takes to run the country? At this point, the answer to both questions seems to be a big, fat “no.” If he stroked a big check, many of his skeptics would feel better about supporting him.
Trump’s campaign is on the verge of complete collapse. He can fix it with a single signature. Is he willing to put that kind of skin in the game? If not, should America trust that his heart is really into winning this thing?