Donald Trump scales back big-dollar fundraising

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is scaling back on big-dollar fundraising in the final stretch to Election Day, a top aide said Tuesday.

The New York businessman instead will turn his attention to political events, Trump finance chairman Steve Mnuchin said.

"We're continuing to raise money," Mnuchin told USA TODAY. "We're no longer doing formal, sit-down fundraisers the way we did in the past. Our focus is on political."

The Washington Post first reported that Trump's high-dollar fundraising had come to an end with a luncheon last week in Las Vegas. Those events have helped fill the coffers of a joint fundraising committee Trump established with the Republican National Committee and helps pay for staff and other ground operations to push Trump and other downballot Republicans.

Mnuchin said the goal is not to cut off the party. "We couldn't be happier with the fundraising with the RNC," he said.

Clinton is scheduled to attend her final fundraiser Tuesday night at the home of South Florida businessman Chris Korge, but The Post notes that many of her surrogates will continue to appear at high-dollar events in the weeks ahead.

Clinton's vice president nominee Tim Kaine attended fundraisers earlier Tuesday in Connecticut and New York.

USA TODAY


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