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Clinton rakes in $101M in October, holds big cash advantage over Trump

By Eric DuVall
Clinton rakes in $101M in October, holds big cash advantage over Trump
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally in Lake Worth, Fla., on Monday. Clinton's financial filings three weeks prior to the election show she has a major advantage in campaign cash over he ropponent, Donald Trump. Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Hillary Clinton raised $101 million in the first 19 days of October, far exceeding Donald Trump, and with a majority of the money going to help Democrats across the country rather than her own campaign.

In filings with the Federal Elections Commission, Clinton raised a combined $101 million, with $70 million going to the joint fundraising account she shares with the Democratic National Committee and several state parties. Donald Trump raised a combined $61 million for his campaign and a similar joint account with the Republican National Committee in the same timeframe.

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Candidates are required by law to report their financial status 21 days prior to an election.

The reports show Clinton with a major cash advantage headed into the final three weeks of the campaign. Her war chest stood at $62 million cash-on-hand to Trump's $16 million.

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Additionally, Trump's October fundraising pace fell off from the $100 million he raised from Sept. 1 to 30, a possible reflection of the damage from the Access Hollywood tape wherein he is heard speaking in vulgar terms about grabbing women's genitalia.

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The 21-day filing also shows Trump had not made any cash contributions to his campaign, a fact the candidate addressed shortly after the filings became public. The report includes $31,000 in in-kind contributions from the candidate, but the campaign announced Friday the candidate would kick in an additional $10 million of his personal fortune to bolster the stretch run.

Trump has repeatedly said he plans to spend $100 million of his own money to bolster his candidacy. With the most recent contribution, Trump has donated $66 million to his campaign since launching it 18 months ago. He has also recouped some of that money because federal law requires he reimburse himself at market price for use of Trump-owned holdings, including use of his personal airplane and campaign events staged at Trump-owned properties.

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