Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the fundraising committees he established with the Republican National Committee just posted their best fundraising month of the campaign, collecting a combined $90 million in August, campaign officials announced Thursday.
Team Trump started September with about $97 million remaining in the bank as the White House campaign enters the fall homestretch.
Despite Trump's improved financial picture, Democrat Hillary Clinton and her joint fundraising committees collected far more last month — $143 million — and had cash reserves of about $152 million.
Trump's August total includes a "significant contribution" from the businessman's own pocket, campaign officials said in a statement. In all, the real-estate developer has donated nearly $60 million to support his bid, according to the news release. Officials said his donation from his own fortune in August far exceeds the amount the campaign is paying Trump-related enterprises for services, such as rent and airfare on his private jets.
Trump has faced increasing scrutiny over how much his campaign pays his own businesses. His campaign is headquartered in his company's Manhattan skyscraper and paid nearly $170,000 to Trump Tower Commercial LLC for rent in July alone, according to recent filings with the Federal Election Commission.
For the entire election cycle,Trump's business enterprises had received about $15 million from the Trump campaign through the end of July, a USA TODAY tally shows.
Trump did not begin to assemble a fundraising operation until the end of May. His campaign said he's had big success with small donors, drawing contributions from 2.1 million people in three months. On Aug. 31, the day he traveled to Mexico to meet with that country's president and later delivered a hard-hitting immigration speech in Arizona, the campaign collected more than $5 million.
“We have broad support from across America," Trump's finance chairman Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. "Hillary Clinton and her super PACs have spent over $130 million on negative political ads, and yet we are virtually tied (or better) in the most recent national polls and leading in many of the important swing states."
Recent national polls show the race between Trump and Clinton tightening, but Clinton has the edge in some key presidential battlegrounds, such as Ohio and Colorado.