Trump takes $51M haul for June; analysts expect larger earnings in coming months

NEW YORK, July 6 (UPI) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump raised more than $50 million for the month of June — surpassing expectations but falling short of the amount raised by his Democratic rival for the White House.

Trump’s campaign said Wednesday the New York billionaire raised $51 million for the month of June — $26 million through online efforts and another $25 million through events spearheaded by the Republican National Committee.

June saw the largest monthly cash haul yet for Trump, who didn’t begin fundraising efforts until May. The June total rises to $55 million if Trump’s personal donation of nearly $4 million is taken into account.

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Tuesday, Trump boasted online about his fundraising success.

“Raised a lot of money for the Republican Party. There will be a big gasp when the figures are announced in the morning,” he tweeted. “Lots of support!”

Trump’s campaign said more than 400,000 supporters donated cash in June, and more than $3 million was raised in just one day. Most of the money was given in the last 10 days of the month after Trump began aggressively seeking donations online.

The June figures show Trump’s ability to raise large amounts of money, analysts say, and indicate greater cash hauls will likely be seen between now and Nov. 8.

But despite his vast personal and campaign wealth, Trump fell short of matching the amount raised by Democratic contender Hillary Clinton, who raised $68 million for the month.

The figures were reported as Trump continues to search for a running mate to fill out the Republican ticket. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, a man seen as a possible vice presidential candidate, announced Wednesday that he has decided not to make himself available for the V.P. spot.

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“There are people far more suited for being a candidate for vice president, and I think I’m far more suited for other types of things,” he said.

Corker met with Trump Tuesday aboard the billionaire’s private plane.

“It’s a highly political job, and that’s not who I am,” Corker added. “I left there feeling very good about him as a person but also realized that at age 63, I know the things I’m good at doing. And knowing what a candidate for vice president has to do, it’s just not the right thing for me, and I don’t think it’s the right thing for [Republicans].”

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