Clinton adds $63m funds firepower in July

Hillary Clinton, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, walks on stage with her husband and former President Bill Clinton, during a campaign rally at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Friday, July 29, 2016. Clinton called her race against Donald Trump the highest-stakes U.S. presidential race in her lifetime as she rallied with her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, for the first time as the Democratic nominees for president and vice president. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg©Bloomberg

Hillary Clinton raised $ 63m for her campaign and $ 26m for the Democratic party in July, bolstering her financial firepower against Donald Trump as the two candidates move into the general election.

The figures suggest that Mrs Clinton has enjoyed a significant bump in fundraising against the backdrop of last week’s Democratic convention, and is attracting more campaign contributors following the Democratic primary.

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Her campaign said she had started August with $ 58m cash on hand, or $ 14m more than she had at the beginning of last month. Overall, she raised $ 23m more for the campaign than in June, but $ 2m less for the Democratic National Committee and state parties.

Mr Trump’s campaign has not released its July fundraising numbers, but in June raised $ 26m for his own campaign, or $ 14m less than Mrs Clinton raised.

On Monday Mr Trump told supporters that the campaign had raised an estimated $ 35.8m in July with small donors, and that his average campaign donation size was $ 69. Mrs Clinton’s campaign said its average donation size for July was $ 44.

Mrs Clinton’s campaign said that more than half of its donations for July had come from new donors, and that it had seen its best day of online fundraising so far in the 24 hours following the end of last week’s Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

Between 8pm on July 28 and 8pm on July 29, a period that included Mrs Clinton’s keynote address, the campaign raised more than $ 8.7m in online donations, it said.

Our goal for the next 98 days is to take the remarkable outpouring of support we saw as Hillary Clinton took the stage in Philadelphia and . . . mobilise millions of voters to elect progressive candidates

– Robby Mook, Clinton campaign manager

“Our goal for the next 98 days is to take the remarkable outpouring of support we saw as Hillary Clinton took the stage in Philadelphia and build on our efforts to organise and mobilise millions of voters to elect progressive candidates up and down the ballot in November,” Robby Mook, Mrs Clinton’s campaign manager, said.

Following the completion of the convention, five separate polls have given Mrs Clinton a multi-point lead over Mr Trump, widening a polling gap between the two candidates that had appeared to have been closing after the Republicans’ convention in Cleveland.

According to RealClearPolitics’ average of polls, Mrs Clinton currently leads Mr Trump 46.4 per cent to 42 per cent nationally, and has a 48 point lead against him in the electoral college.

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