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Can $100 Million Buy the Presidency?

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Donald Trump and Ben Carson arrive.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Donald Trump’s decision to spend up to $100 million of his own money for his campaign shows desperation, not strength. Self-funded billionaire candidates have a consistent record of failure in our nation, no matter how much they spend.

In 1992, Ross Perot blew $63 million—$107 million in today’s dollars—and won not a single electoral vote. In 1998, Democrat Al Chechi became known as “Al Checkbook” running for California governor—investing $58 million in today’s dollars to win just 12 percent of primary voters.

Republican Meg Whitman put a record-breaking $144 million into her 2010 California gubernatorial race and lost in a landslide. Mitt Romney’s first race for president cost him $57 million in 2008 but didn’t even win the nomination; four years later, he became GOP nominee without spending any of his own money.

Trump’s determination to try to buy the presidency with his own funds isn’t a demonstration of seriousness, but a sign of his limitations as a candidate.

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  1. Nani  •  Sep 22, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    I think it’s great that Trump is spending his own money. Maybe that will keep him from putting us thru this again.

  2. Sandy Everett  •  Sep 23, 2015 at 12:19 am

    I am not convinced Donald Trump will want to stay in the race. It may be more effort than he cares to exert. It may be an exercise in branding for his benefit. To benefit his ego, I could see his withdrawing from the race while the going is good. Or, perish the thought, he is a trojan horse for the Hillary camp.

  3. Mark Allred  •  Oct 4, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Trump’s beligerant military superiority retoric “…bomb the hell out of them….” regarding ISIS and Bin-Ladinites did not win me over. I perceive no change in policy superior to what has dominated in recent years.

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