Trump announces $90M fundraising haul

Donald Trump on Thursday announced a $90 million fundraising haul in August that his campaign claimed showed “broad support” from voters – though the total was still short of Hillary Clinton’s $143 million.

The Trump campaign said the total included a “significant contribution” from the Republican nominee himself. The campaign said most the contributions came from “small donors,” though the filings detailing those donations are not yet available.

Clinton’s campaign recently announced they brought in $143 million in August.

But the Trump campaign said it finished the month with a strong $97 million on hand.

“We have broad support from across America. Hillary Clinton and her super PACs have spent over $130 million on negative political ads, and yet we are virtually tied (or better) in the most recent national polls and leading in many of the important swing states. Hillary Clinton spent August attending 70 fundraisers; Donald Trump spent August at 34 rallies and speeches,” Trump Finance Chairman Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

Clinton indeed spent much of August on the fundraising circuit.

It paid off, delivering her with her best month yet.

The Democratic nominee brought in $62 million for her campaign last month and another $81 million for the Democratic National Committee and state parties. Clinton begins September with more than $68 million in the bank.

The money will help bankroll Clinton's large advertising campaign in battleground states that will help determine the outcome of the 2016 election, along with the large get-out-the-vote operation that her team has been assembling across the country.

The candidates continued to trade shots on the campaign trail Thursday, after a national security forum Wednesday night.

Clinton, speaking to a crowd of about 1,500 in Charlotte, N.C., went down a laundry list of reasons why she thinks Trump lacks the judgment to lead the country, including his praise for Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

“It’s time to put country over party,” she said, also accusing Trump of having “trash-talked about America’s generals” Wednesday night by saying they’ve been “reduced to rubble.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.