WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are having a tough time attracting establishment Republican donors even as they intensify their efforts to derail the nomination of billionaire Donald Trump.
That’s according to an Associated Press analysis of campaign finance records that found donors who gave as much as allowed by law to establishment darlings Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio have mostly disappeared from the political landscape.
The AP found that less than 3 percent of the nearly 14,600 donors who gave the $2,700 limit to Bush or Rubio have also ponied up the maximum amount to Kasich or Cruz.
By not writing those checks, they’re depriving Cruz and Kasich of as much as $39 million each in their final push to topple Trump.