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NY Magazine: Trump Hasn't Spent 'Any Real Money' on Campaign

NY Magazine: Trump Hasn't Spent 'Any Real Money' on Campaign
 
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By    |   Wednesday, 28 October 2015 07:21 PM

Donald Trump has been slipping in the polls to Ben Carson because he hasn't spent "any real money" on campaign advertising, New York Magazine columnist Gabriel Sherman said Wednesday.

"In the days before Carson surged into first place, his campaign blanketed Iowa's airwaves with 30-second spots," Sherman said.

Citing data from the Center for Public Integrity, "Iowan voters saw 400 Carson ads last week," he added.

"Carson’s television blitz could make Trump’s decision to delay airing political ads of his own a strategic blunder," he continued. "All along, Trump has used his wealth and ability to self-fund his campaign as an applause line on the stump — and a weapon to attack his rivals.

"But it's becoming increasingly clear that Trump is reluctant to part with any real money to sustain a national campaign," Sherman said.

Trump has claimed that he had spent $1 billion, the columnist said, but former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his super PAC have spent $25 million — about five times as much as Trump.

He also rejected a pitch from a Florida-based ad agency because Trump felt the bid was too expensive, Sherman said, citing two sources.

"They wanted a lot of money," according to one of the sources. "Donald did what he always does: He bargained."

But Trump officials plan to revisit the effort next week, Sherman said.

"You’ll see the name of the firm on our next FEC report," said Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager. That report is due out in January.

"In the meantime, Carson will be rolling out new 30-second ads in the four voting states later this month," Sherman said. "And with Jeb Bush sitting on a $100 million war chest, it's only a matter of time before some of those millions get spent attacking Trump."


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Donald Trump has been slipping in the polls to Ben Carson because he hasn't spent any real money on campaign advertising, New York Magazine columnist Gabriel Sherman said Wednesday. In the days before Carson surged into first place, his campaign blanketed Iowa's airwaves...
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