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Trump has no blueprint for fundraising, finding a running mate: report

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump does not have a plan in place for picking a running mate or for funding his campaign through a general election, according to a Bloomberg report.

{mosads}The campaign also does not have a strategy for competing in a contested convention this summer, having focused its energy on winning enough primaries to secure the nomination on the first ballot, the report said.

“I think the campaign is totally focused on winning the nomination on the first ballot and positioning for the race against Hillary Clinton, and they’re well aware of both the opportunities and challenges they face in terms of fundraising and the vice presidency,” said Roger Stone, a former surrogate for the campaign.

The addition of strategist Paul Manafort earlier this month seemed to signal that the campaign was beginning to organize itself to mirror a more traditional presidential effort.

But the report said Trump has not figured out how to fund the campaign outside of the loans he has made and the smaller donations from supporters.

A general election campaign is expected to cost a billion dollars.

 

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