Donald Trump cut off a major source of cash for the GOP, took another step in bailing on his campaign and Republicans, by ending his big donor fundraising agreement with the RNC.
The Washington Post reported:
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has effectively shut down his high-dollar fundraising operation for the rest of the campaign, a highly unusual move that deals another serious blow to the GOP’s effort to finance its get-out-the-vote operation before Election Day.
But Trump’s decision effectively turns off one of the main spigots to the Republican National Committee, which collected $40 million through Trump Victory as of Sept. 30. The party has devoted a large share of the funds to pay for its national voter mobilization program to benefit the entire Republican ticket.
If Republicans can’t get out the vote, Trump has no chance of winning. However, the Republican nominee has demonstrated a consistent dislike for get out the vote efforts. Trump thinks that he can hold big rallies, go on TV, and the voters will show up, but that is not the way it works.
Whether he realizes it or not, by shutting down the big dollar fundraising operation, Donald Trump is basically quitting on his campaign.
It isn’t a coincidence that Trump is ending the part of the fundraising operation that he gets the least amount of money from. Trump is keeping his online fundraising going because he gets 80% of the take. The Republican Party got most of the money from the large donor agreement, which is why Trump shut it down.
Who knows how many House and Senate seats Republicans may lose because Trump would give the party any more money? Republicans look likely to lose the Senate, but if they lose the House as well, people should remember that when the Republican Party needed him most, Donald Trump did nothing to help.
Trump is showing more and more signs of losing interest in running for president. There is still two weeks to go, and Donald Trump is taking steps that look like he is giving up on his own presidential campaign.
UPDATE: The Trump campaign is disputing the report that they are ending the joint fundraising agreement.