A phone called between GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson and President Trump turned rancorous last week after Trump brought up his reelection campaign, asking Adelson why he wasn’t doing more to keep the him in the White House, Politico reported, prompting Republican Party officials to worry whether Adelson would keep the taps flowing.
President Donald Trump stands on stage with Sheldon Adelson (L) during the Israeli American Council … [+]
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Last week Adelson—who Forbes estimates is worth over $29 billion—called Trump to discuss the coronavirus relief bill and economy.
During the call, Trump pivoted to his reelection and confronted Adelson, who has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to pro-Trump and GOP efforts, about why he wasn’t doing more to help the campaign, according to Politico’s report, which it said relied on three unnamed sources familiar with the call.
Once word of the call spread, GOP officials worried Trump pushed away one of his biggest donors while the campaign struggles to match a flood of Democratic super PAC fundraising.
According to Politico, officials who tried to smooth things over with Adelson may have been too late, and Adelson’s cohorts said it’s unclear whether the billionaire will continue to donate.
Outside fundraising groups that support Joe Biden have raised almost three times the amount of money versus those that support Trump, leaving Republicans desperate for help from the billionaire class.
For the first time since March, Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee were able to outraise the Biden campaign, according to the Washington Post.
Adelson is one of Trump’s, and the Republican Party’s, biggest donors. In July Adelson and his wife Miriam donated $25 million to the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC that supports top Senate Republicans like Majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Iowa’s Joni Ernst. Since 2016 the Las Vegas couple have given the super PAC over $100 million. In 2018, the Adelson’s donated over $123 million to Republican campaigns and political action committees.