WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump – the billionaire businessman who’s the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination – insists he wants to “self-fund” his campaign.
Yet there’s a prominent “donate” button on his campaign website. And he’s raised more than $9.5 million, including from about 200 people who’ve given the maximum allowed by law for the primary election.
They’re arguably the most loyal of Trump fans, and their interviews with The Associated Press reveal unexpected layers of the political newcomer’s appeal.
They’re both attracted and repelled by Trump’s inflammatory comments.
These donors want dramatic change and see Trump as the only person capable of making it happen. And far from being embarrassed by their candidate, these donors seem to love converting their friends and associates to the cause.