GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is beginning a fundraising marathon this weekend, planning 21 events in 31 days, after last month bringing in a record $80 million for his campaign committee and the Republican National Committee.
Trump's efforts in July fell just $10 million short of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's operations, reports NPR, and will kick off at a Cape Cod, Massachusetts mansion, Saturday, just 14 miles across the water from Martha's Vineyard, where President Barack Obama is vacationing.
His successful month in July, however, came before a series of missteps following the Democratic National Convention, and as his poll numbers drop, major donors are voicing doubts.
"Quite a few people are concerned about the winnability of the presidential race," Fred Malek, a veteran Republican official and fundraiser told NPR. "I don't sense panic. I sense concern."
Another donor, Stanley Hubbard, called on Trump to "connect his brain to his mouth at all times, and not just say things that come into his head without thinking."
Hubbard, a St. Paul, Minnesota broadcasting magnate, has already given $50,000 to Great America, a pro-Trump super PAC, but he also gave $10,000 to an anti-Trump super PAC.
He said that many people are "disillusioned with both candidates," and now likes Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson.
The Freedom Partners Action Fund, headed by billionaire David and Charles Koch, is not donating money to Trump, after the Koch's argued against it, but is defending House and Senate Republican campaigns.
However, another brother, Bill Koch, is allowing Trump to use his Cape Cod mansion for Trump's upcoming fundraiser, and backs the GOP nominee's campaign. Admission will range from $2,700 to $50,000 per person, depending on the level of access the donor wants to have with Trump, reports NPR.
Amy Carnevale and David Tamasi, both on the host committee, denied backers are staying away, and Tamasi said Republicans should support Trump as the party's nominee.
"My plan was to always support whoever the nominee was," Tamasi told NPR. "So in this instance it's Donald Trump. And I think that you support the party, and you support your nominee, and we'll see what the next few months bring."
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