2. Since taking over the campaign, Bill Stepien has made a string of belt-tightening moves aimed at saving cash for the weeks ahead. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/07/us/politics/trump-election-campaign-fundraising.html
3. Among the major questions on spending was roughly $100 million on television this year before the conventions https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/07/us/politics/trump-election-campaign-fundraising.html
4. Trump has gleefully told people that Stepien took a pay cut when he came into the job https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/07/us/politics/trump-election-campaign-fundraising.html
5. Rides for staff aboard AF1 have been slashed. A possible $50 million budget related to coalitions groups has been done away with. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/07/us/politics/trump-election-campaign-fundraising.html
6. Not everyone is in agreement about what the cash-on-hand situation will look like (neither Trump nor Biden camps has released a number indicating the in-the-bank money). But the Trump campaign was relying on low-dollar $ continuing apace, but it didn't https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/07/us/politics/trump-election-campaign-fundraising.html
7. The mass of $2,800 hard-dollar max-out checks the campaign hoped for also didn't materialize, in part because those are event-driven and Trump has not been high on doing virtual fundraisers himself https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/07/us/politics/trump-election-campaign-fundraising.html
8. Some interesting on-records from @parscale, who says he made decisions "under the very close eye of the family...No decision was made without their approval.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/07/us/politics/trump-election-campaign-fundraising.html
9. Also news: "Mr. Parscale said that he had 'no ownership or financial interest in A.M.M.C.' and that he had 'negotiated a contract with the family for 1 percent of digital ad spend and after becoming campaign manager took no percentage.'" https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/07/us/politics/trump-election-campaign-fundraising.html
10. Worth catching is the amount of money that Trump and related committees have spent on prospecting, roughly a third of what's been raised. Their argument is they have to spend to make. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/07/us/politics/trump-election-campaign-fundraising.html
Some officials defend the early spending as investments in a ground game that they hope will pay dividends in the coming weeks. They note Parscale helped build an online fundraising machine that sustained the campaign during difficult months this year https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/07/us/politics/trump-election-campaign-fundraising.html
. @parscale says on Twitter the $50 million related to coalitions was for advertising spending related to Black and Latino voters, that a NASCAR proposal wasn't approved (story didn't report it was and also didn't say it was his idea https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/07/us/politics/trump-election-campaign-fundraising.html
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