The Latest: Clinton campaign halfway to big fundraising goal

AP News
|
Posted: Aug 21, 2016 1:56 PM
The Latest: Clinton campaign halfway to big fundraising goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is halfway to its goal of raising a billion dollars for the 2016 race.

That's according to the head of the campaign's fundraising operations.

Finance director Dennis Cheng made that announcement Thursday in a meeting with staff at the campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York.

Word of the announcement comes from a campaign aide who was present for the meeting but wasn't authorized to discuss internal campaign strategy and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Clinton's campaign has resisted publicizing a fundraising target for the general election, fearing it would draw attention to big donors at a time when voters are angry about the role of money in politics.

She aimed to raise $100 million for her primary bid.

Clinton raised $90 million for her campaign and Democratic party committees in July, according to new finance reports released on Saturday.

___

10:35 a.m.

Now that she's Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway says she no longer believes Trump needs to release his tax returns.

During the GOP presidential primaries, Conway headed a super political action committee that supported one of Trump's rivals, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Conway told an interviewer back then that she believed Trump should be more transparent and release his returns.

Trump claims he can't do so because he's being audited.

Conway tells ABC's "This Week" that now that she's on the inside, she realizes "that this audit is a serious matter, and he has said when the audit is complete he will release his tax returns."

Conway also says that as a pollster, she knows what voters really care about is their own tax rates, and she argues Trump offers a better plan on that than Democrat Hillary Clinton.

___

10:15 a.m.

Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway says Donald Trump's team is still discussing whether to agree to the debate schedule announced by the independent Commission on Presidential Debates.

Trump has voiced criticisms of the scheduled debates on Sept. 26, Oct. 4 and Oct. 9, including complaining that two debates coincide with football games.

Conway says on ABC's "This Week" that Trump is "very engaged" with debate prep.

She says the GOP nominee is a "natural communicator, natural connector with people, and the debates are a fabulous opportunity to force a conversation onto substance."

As for whether Trump is on board with the schedule Conway says: "We are discussing that."

Appearing later on ABC, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, says it's time to agree to the schedule and "get on with it."

___

9:55 a.m.

The Republican Party chairman says Donald Trump is "getting into a groove" in his campaign against Hillary Clinton.

Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) is predicting Trump will pull even with Clinton in polls by around Labor Day.

Priebus tells ABC's "This Week" that "Trump's been disciplined and mature, and I think he's going to get this thing back on track."

Trump shook up his campaign this past week, installing a new chief executive, Stephen Bannon — former head of conservative news site Breitbart News.

Priebus was shown a clip of Bannon talking approvingly of plans "to destroy" the congressional leadership. The GOP chairman says he's "never happy" with criticisms of "great leaders" like House Speaker Paul Ryan.

But Priebus says: "People can pivot into different roles and ultimately the person in charge of Donald Trump's campaign is Donald Trump."

___

9:35 a.m.

Donald Trump's new campaign manager says it's still "to be determined" whether Trump will follow through on a new policing force that's intended to focus on deporting people who are in the United States illegally.

Kellyanne Conway was pressed on CNN's "State of the Union" to reconcile Trump's past call for mass deportations with recent reports he may be open to legalizing at least some of those people.

She says the Republican presidential nominee will release more details on his intentions in the coming weeks.