GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE has promised to pay for his presidential campaign out of his own pockets, but the billionaire is getting off cheap, spending just $100,000 of his own money in the most recent fundraising period, according to his campaign.
Boosted by more network TV coverage than any other candidate, Trump has been able to sit back and let his campaign largely take care of itself.
The billionaire's campaign says it raised $3.8 million from the general public between July 1 and Sept. 30 and finished the quarter with $255,000 cash on hand.
But Trump's cash on hand figure is largely meaningless, as the reality TV celebrity, with a fortune estimated by Forbes to be more than $4 billion, can pay for as much media as he decides he needs.
Trump's campaign says he has not needed to dip much into that fortune.
"Mr. Trump made a contribution of $100,779 during this quarter and has personally spent $1,909,576 since launching his campaign," the Trump campaign said in an email press release.
While the super-PAC supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has spent more than $24 million so far on pro-Bush commercials, Trump has been able to avoid paid media and rely nearly exclusively on wall-to-wall coverage on cable news channels.
Trump has run his presidential campaign largely from his office in Manhattan's Trump Tower, doing phone-in interviews for Sunday political shows and holding large rallies across the nation. He has avoided the grinding daily process of shaking hands and introducing himself to individual candidates in small groups that less popular candidates, such as Rick Santorum, have been doing in Iowa.
The Trump campaign press release boasted on Thursday: "Mr. Trump is self-funding his campaign; however there were 73,942 unsolicited donations during this time period with an average contribution of $50.46.
"The Trump Campaign will continue to accept small dollar donations as people across the country proudly invest in Mr. Trump's vision to Make America Great Again."