2016: The most powerful argument for voting for billionaire Donald Trump for president — that he can't be bought — is rapidly losing its appeal. Records show that he took in $4 million in outside cash and is tied to a super PAC.
'You know the nice part about me?" Trump recently told Iowa voters to rounds of cheers. "I don't need anybody's money."
His I-can't-be-bought line gets the biggest applause on the campaign trail. For an electorate tired of politicians selling out their principles and breaking their promises, Trump offers a refreshing alternative.
Over and over, the Manhattan real-estate tycoon reminds voters that he's self-financing his campaign, even turning down generous gifts from donors, so he won't be beholden to special interests like the pandering politicians in Washington.
"Remember this: They have total control over Jeb and Hillary and everybody else that takes that money," Trump said earlier this month, adding: "I will tell you this: Nobody's putting up millions of dollars for me. I'm putting up my own money."
While he has put up some of his own money to kick-start his campaign, Trump's personal stake now amounts to just a third of his campaign receipts, currently at $5.8 million, the latest Federal Election Commission records show. The rest — $3.9 million — comes from individual contributors, including many CEOs and business owners who are pumping thousands of dollars each into his political coffers.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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