Republican National Convention organizers are finally admitting what we’ve suspected all along: Donald Trump’s candidacy has cost the event financially big-time.
Back in January, RNC spokesman Sean Spicer — who in true Trumpian fashion has taken to trolling a Latino journalist on Twitter — reassured reporters that a potential Trump nomination wasn’t affecting donations.
“We have seen a growing interest from both donors and media with regards to the 2016 Convention,” he claimed.
But this week Politico uncovered a letter that organizers submitted to billionaire and mega-GOP donor Sheldon Adelson, literally begging for millions of dollars in order to cover the event’s bills.
“The letter represents the most public acknowledgment to date that Donald Trump has directly cost convention organizers millions of fundraising dollars,” writes POLITICO.
According to the letter, more than two dozen companies have financially pulled out of the event, including FedEx ($500,000), Pepsi ($500,000) and Coca-Cola (to the hefty tune of $1 million).
Organizers now hope Adelson — who spent more than $100 million of his own money trying to get Mitt Romney elected in 2012 — can help plug the financial hole.
“Over the past couple months, negative publicity around our potential nominee resulted in a considerable number of pledges backing out from their commitments,” the letter to Adelson states.
“We would greatly appreciate if you would consider a $6,000,000 contribution to the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee to help us cross the finish line.”