For weeks, Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign has been canceling planned TV advertising campaigns in numerous key swing states – including some states that are absolute must wins for him. This, coupled with New York Times reporting about top Trump campaign people accusing each other of having wasted or stolen the money, and it’s fairly clear that Trump’s campaign is broke. Now things are getting even uglier.
It turns out this kind of thing is contagious, because now the National Republican Congressional Committee is pulling ads in key races as well. The Texas Tribune newspaper is reporting that the NRCC is canceling $2 million in Houston-area TV advertising that was supposed to help in several close House races in the area, and is instead shifting the money to other races.
It’s one thing to shift money away from races that you’ve concluded you no longer have a chance of winning. But when you’re forced to take money away from close races in order to stop the bleeding in other close races, the only reason to do so is if there’s simply not enough cash to go around. This suggests that, as would-be donors are giving up on Donald Trump’s sinking ship, they’re giving up on donating to Republican House races as well.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report