Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is expected to visit Chicago to raise campaign funds in the lead-up to this month's Republican National Convention, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Trump, who self-funded his successful primary campaign, has fallen behind presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the polls and in fundraising. According to NBC News, the divisive billionaire’s campaign finished last month with only $1.3 million in the bank. Clinton outspent Trump $26 million to $0 on battleground states airwaves during the month.
The campaign is now seeing better results after the Republican National Committee became more closely involved with the campaign and its e-mail marketing this month. Trump has also started to take part in more traditional in-person fundraisers.
Trump's campaign and the RNC added "Victory" finance chairs from 33 states and the District of Columbia last week to bolster fundraising for presidential and congressional races.
“Having so many long-time supporters eager to come on board signals our nationwide fundraising effort is continuing to gain steam months ahead of Election Day,” RNC and Trump Victory Finance Chair Lew Eisenberg said in a statement. “The effort to build national support began the first week in June and continues to gain momentum.
This includes longtime GOP donors Ron Gidwitz and Liz Uihlein, who will serve as Illinois finance chairs.
“I am excited to have so many individuals committed to victory joining our team,” Donald J. Trump for President Finance Chairman Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “Having experienced fundraising and business leaders in place means we are well-prepared for the long fight ahead against Hillary Clinton, and I expect their efforts will fuel enthusiasm in their states for electing Donald Trump president.”
Details about Trump’s Chicago trip remain limited. His campaign did not immediately respond to Ward Room’s request for comment on this story.