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Even Bernie Sanders Has Far More Cash On Hand Than Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign doesn’t have a lot of money to its name at the moment. Yes, the New York real estate mogul who touts his business wares as the best in the nation boasts a whopping $1.3 million in cash. (Meanwhile, Democratic rival Hillary Clinton raised $42 million in May alone.) Maybe it’s because the presumptive Republican nominee’s staff gave money to a suspicious Mad Men ripoff, or perhaps it’s due to the fact that the party’s financial bigwigs are reluctant to offer him any assistance. Whatever the case may be, one thing is clear — even seemingly ousted Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has more money than Trump.

According to the Washington Post, the Sanders campaign’s latest financial disclosure reveals a much better spending and donations track record than the man who once offered to debate him in California. As a result, the Independent Vermont senator finished May with $9.2 million cash, which is almost $8 million more than what Trump’s camp reported to the Federal Elections Commission. That’s because he “took in $15.6 million during the last full month of campaigning” despite suffering “a steep fall from April, when he raised $25.8 million.”

Although Sanders’ numbers dwindled compared to Clinton’s in the end, his fundraising efforts often surpassed his party competitor — especially in terms of private donations from individual voters. Yet by the time the former U.S. Secretary of State clinched the Democratic nomination, Sanders was firing staffers left and right to cut corners and, per the Washington Post‘s own speculation, prevent the rapid accumulation of massive debts ahead of July’s convention in Philadelphia.

Maybe 74-year-old politician will use some of that cold, hard cash to finally go on that skydiving trip.

(Via the Washington Post)

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