Clinton campaign halfway to $1bn fundraising goal

2016-08-22 08:55
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is seen silhouetted in the window of her campaign plane as she arrives  in Nantucket. (Carolyn Kaster, AP)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is seen silhouetted in the window of her campaign plane as she arrives in Nantucket. (Carolyn Kaster, AP)

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Provincetown - Hillary Clinton's campaign is halfway to its goal of raising $1bn for the 2016 presidential race, according to her finance director.

Dennis Cheng announced the achievement on Thursday in a meeting with staff at the campaign's headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, according to a campaign aide who was present for the meeting but wasn't authorised to discuss internal campaign strategy and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Her campaign has resisted publicising a fundraising target for the general election, fearing it would draw attention to big donors at a time when voters angry about the role of money in politics. She aimed to raise $100m for her primary bid.

Clinton raised $90m for her campaign and Democratic party committees in July, according to finance reports released on Saturday. She's maintained a staff of about 700 for months, opened up offices across the country and already spent $67m on general election ads. This week, she'll spend at least $10m more on ads.

GOP rival Donald Trump raised $80m for his campaign and the Republican party, including a $2m contribution from Trump himself. He's kept his payroll to about 70 employees, only began airing ads in recent days and has not undertaken a significant operational build-out across the country. Instead, nearly half the money he spent in July went to one web design firm, whose president is the campaign's director of digital marketing.

Clinton's campaign is in the midst of a fundraising blitz, with 43 events planned in 14 states over the next two weeks, according to a schedule obtained by The Associated Press.

She was spending the weekend greeting donors on Massachusetts' Cape Cod before heading to California for a series of events at the homes of Hollywood celebrities and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Later this month, she will head to the Hamptons on New York's Long Island for another fundraising swing.

President Barack Obama hosted an event last Monday on Martha's Vineyard, off the Massachusetts coast, where he was vacationing. Her running mate, Tim Kaine, and former president Bill Clinton also have events planned around the United States.

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