GOP Sen.: Trump’s Meager Fundraising ‘Weakens The Whole Party’

June 22, 2016 6:49 a.m.

Republican senators are sounding the alarm bells over Donald Trump’s weak fundraising game, warning that he could hurt the Republicans running for senate in November.

“It weakens the whole party,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) told Buzzfeed News about Trump’s meager fundraising number for the month of May.

The presumptive Republican presidential candidate raised $3.1 million in May, while Hillary Clinton pulled in $26.4 million.

Flake noted that Trump’s fundraising woes just add to the negative impact his candidacy in general could have on Republican senators.

“This whole campaign is not good down-ballot. It’s not good. None of this is good,” he said, according to Buzzfeed News.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said that Trump needs to work on his fundraising.

“If he’s got what he says is true that he can eventually write the check, but I think most campaigns — successful campaigns — are based on contributions from a lot of people,” he said, according to Buzzfeed News. “So I guess I would hope that he would turn on the fundraising mechanism and that we’ll see evidence of them taking seriously the need to put resources in the bank to get his message out.”

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