Super PACS backing Republican Donald Trump for president say they are having trouble meeting their fundraising goals heading into the general election, NBC News reports.
NBC quotes officials with the super PACs as saying Trump's controversial statements have been an impediment to fundraising as is competition between multiple super PACs.
At this stage of the 2012 campaign, Restore Our Future, the main super PAC supporting GOP nominee Mitt Romney, had spent almost $50 million. By contrast, three Trump super PACS, Great America PAC and Rebuilding America Now PAC, and the Committee for American Sovereignty, had spent less than $4 million, according to FEC records.
Restore Our Future had raised $60 million by this time in 2012, while the three PACs listed told NBC they had fallen far short of their fundraising goals so far.
Priorities USA, the super PAC backing Democrat Hillary Clinton has raised $85 million and reserved $110 million in television advertising. But, NBC reported admitted, Priorities USA does have the advantage of existing prior to the race as a pro-Barack Obama organization.
Trump's Rebuilding America Now claimed $32 million in commitments when it launched early this month, but so far it has spent only $1.5 million on two TV ads.
Ken McKay, who is running the super PAC, said some donors worry Trump can't win the general election, and others think the billionaire businessman has enough money to fund the campaign himself since he has repeatedly said so.
Great America PAC, meanwhile, has raised only $2.5 million by the end of May after it was founded in February, but says it has doubled that since bringing in strategist Ed Rollins and ex-Trump field director Stuart Jolly.
The Committee for American Sovereignty's Doug Watts told NBC his group will be "short of our pre-convention goal" of $20 million.
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