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GOP Donors Not Excited About Trump in November Election

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By    |   Wednesday, 20 Apr 2016 11:29 AM

Despite his victory in last night's New York primary, The Hill reports that GOP front-runner Donald Trump is so deeply disliked among large parts of the Republican Party's donor community that he will have trouble winning their favor in a general election.

"Trump has insulted most of the contributors and fundraisers in the country," said Mel Sembler, a former Republican National Committee finance chairman and board member for the super PAC Right to Rise, which raised and spent more than $100 million in support of Jeb Bush's unsuccessful primary campaign, The Hill reports.

Fred Malek, the finance chairman of the Republican Governors Association, added that Trump has very little time to raise more than $1 billion — the amount needed to defeat the Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

"Many major donors are very uncertain about who the nominee's going to be, so he can't really gear up much of a fundraising operation until after the convention," Malek told The Hill. "Should he become the nominee, I don't think there'll be a great deal of enthusiasm."

Trump, however, has maintained that he will have no problem raising enough money and even stated he has turned down numerous mega-donors:

"My decision was that I would go through the entire primary season, and I have turned down probably $275 million worth. I have many, many friends that come up all day long, $5 million, $10 million; I'm turning down money. I feel sort of foolish, to be honest with you." Trump said at a Republican debate in Miami on March 10.

But, according to The Hill, there is little evidence that supports Trump's statements. And, although Trump says he promises to change his tone and become more "presidential" once he secures the nomination, few GOP donors or fundraisers believe him.

While Clinton has been fundraising for over 30 years, The Hill notes that the RNC would need to convince "hoards" of skeptics to support a man who has continuously told them, "I don't want your money."

"It's very hard to stroke a $10,000 check when the candidate is saying 'I don't take money from these big donors,'" said Lisa Spies who is raising funds for Senate Republicans.

Sembler, who according to The Hill writes six-figure checks to super PACs, added that he recalls watching the real estate mogul at a Republican Jewish Coalition event in December where Trump controversially stated "You're not going to support me because I don't want your money."

Sembler reacted, "That's another check I don't have to write … And I'm not writing any checks for you."

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Despite his victory in last night's New York primary, The Hill reports that GOP front-runner Donald Trump is so deeply disliked among large parts of the Republican Party's donor community that he will have trouble winning their favor in a general election.
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