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Trump’s Big Lie

“I’m self-funding my own campaign. It’s my money,” Republican frontrunner Donald Trump said in February after the Iowa caucuses.  The idea of self-funding his political campaign began when his announcement to run for the Republican nomination for presidency in June 2015 and has been repeated tirelessly in many forms.

“I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists. I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich.”

The notion of self-funding was examined by Politifact and it turns out that the self-funding isn’t as truthful as Trump would make it seem.

Trump’s FEC filings alone demonstrate this untruth – reporting through January 2016, he received $7,497,984 in individual contributions. Moreover Politico reported last October Trump has loaned money to his campaign, allowing the campaign to pay him back the money loaned at any time. This means his campaign could be 100% not funded by him at any point in the future.

As claimed on social media often by the GOP frontrunner (and pictured above), Trump additionally claims that he is not beholden to special interest groups, like many politicians are. After making some super PACs return money to contributors, another Pro-Trump super PAC, Make America Great Again, was shut down due to scrutiny in its perceived shady dealings with the Trump campaign.  The campaign has said Trump doesn’t endorse a super PAC, but he had speaking engagements with MAGA and donors.

“Mr. Trump has said he doesn’t have a super PAC,” Mike Ciletti said, the Make America Great Again super PAC runner. “So to honor his wishes, I’m shutting my organization down.”

But later in a phone interview with the Washington Post reported it as, “an issue that I have relationships with Mr. Trump’s staff…I will eliminate the questions and shut down the super PAC.”

The Make America Great Again super PAC raised $1,732,684 for Trump’s campaign before shutting down.

Although this notion is being shown as untruthful, Trump continues to push his self-funding message.

The self-funding lie is gaining more coverage, voters don’t seem to mind.

The media is attempting to change that.

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