Over the weekend, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney held a conference at a posh resort in Utah, filled with former large donors and bundlers to his campaign. According to CNN, there is a general lack of enthusiasm for donating to presumptive nominee Donald Trump:
Trump's campaign didn't respond to a request for comment for this story Friday afternoon. But Trump's national finance chairman, Steven Mnuchin, told CNN's Erin Burnett on "OutFront" in an interview that aired Friday that the majority of the funds will come in during "the latter half of the summer."
"You have to understand we literally just started this in the last four weeks," said Mnuchin, who didn't disclose the amount of money that the campaign has raised so far.
Meanwhile, the Trump high-dollar fund-raising operation is showing signs of duress, people here say. A joint fund-raising agreement was hatched last month to split proceeds between the RNC and the Trump campaign. And while the first joint fund-raisers have gone well, RNC chair Reince Priebus has phoned some associates expressing frustration that Trump wants to direct dollars to his own ambitious plans, according to a person who has spoken directly with Priebus, which includes quixotic bids to win deep blue states like California and New York. ...
When pollster Frank Luntz asked a crowd to raise their hands if they would vote for Trump in November, only about 20% of the Romney associates raised their hands, according to Al Cardenas, a prominent GOP lobbyist and fund-raiser."The party, frankly, is in a hole. And it needs to figure out how to get folks like us in the room," Cardenas said.
One of those people not raising his hand was the head of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Randy Boyd — widely thought to be considering a run for governor in 2018.
Romney's network was assembled with people like Randy Boyd, an aide to the governor of Tennessee who was not a longtime bundler but fundraised out of loyalty to Romney.
"He is somebody I would aspire to be like," Boyd said of Romney and who isn't raising for Trump. "The idea of putting my name on anything is anathema to me."
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, thought to be one of Trump's possible top vice-presidential choices, was also present at the retreat. He did not comment to the media about Trump or donors.