NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump holds his first presidential fundraisers this week, in New Mexico and Los Angeles.
The events directly benefit his campaign, but he doesn’t see it that way.
Trump insists his about-face from self-funded candidate to one who relies on donors is happening at the request of the Republican National Committee.
“The RNC really wanted to do it, and I want to show good spirit,” Trump says. “‘Cause I was very happy to continue to go along the way I was.”
Trump made the comments in an interview with The Associated Press.
Trump’s self-funding had been a point of pride. The billionaire businessman lent his campaign at least $43 million, enough to pay for most of his primary bid. He can solicit checks of up to almost $450,000.
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