Donald Trump returns to Tampa this time to raise money
TAMPA – Yesterday as the Democrats were making history by nominating Hillary Clinton as the first woman to be running for the office of the presidency from a major party her opponent was in Tampa doing some campaigning.
Donald Trump, the Republican nominee joined a very select group of supporters at the Centre Club on West Shore Boulevard in Tampa on Tuesday for the first of two fundraisers the Republican nominee had scheduled in Florida on Tuesday before he headed to Miami.
Multiple media sources reported that it cost upwards of $25,000 per plate to join the lunch.
“This was an opportunity for the nominee Mr. Trump to meet Republican donors here in the area. Mr. Trump himself stepped on stage as well as Governor Pence. They spoke about their goals and what their mission is and what they’re looking to accomplish while they’re here in Florida,” said Florida Speaker of the house Steve Crisafulli, who attended the exclusive event.
Trump had previously promised to self-fund his primary campaign, but he is now receiving support from the Republican Party to raise money for the general election. So far, Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton has outraised Trump. Clinton has raised more than $264 million compared to Trump’s $88 million, according to opensecrets.org.
As you might expect outside of the Centre Club on Tuesday, there was a heavy presence of Tampa police officers and U.S. Secret Service agents. About a dozen protesters turned out carrying signs. Some of the protesters tried to make their way into the event, claiming to have a $25,000 check.
“Security came out and they also called the police and they would not let us in. We are really here to protest against the bigotry of Donald Trump and the hatred he’s giving to a lot of different people,” said Muslim Ali, who claimed to have the check but multiple media outlets were never shown the check.
Florida remains a really important state in this election season as it always seems to be. The Bay Area is at the center of the political universe as Hillary Clinton was in town Friday to have a big rally before she headed to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Get used to seeing Trump and Clinton in Florida and the Tampa Bay Area from now to election day in November.