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Part of Donald Trump’s appeal to voters is that he’s “self-funding” his campaign.

But a new report shows that about 200 people have each given Trump’s campaign $2700, the maximum contribution allowed by law.

The Republican candidate has raked in $9.5 million, with donors running the gamut from real estate executives to a registered Democrat to even the co-founder of AriZona Iced Tea.

Julie Bykowicz, The Associated Press reporter who wrote the story, shared more of her findings on Shepard Smith Reporting today.

Since “he’s not out there holding traditional dinner fundraisers,” Bykowicz had originally anticipated that most of the donors would be “folks who know Trump personally,” she explained.

“But really, it wasn’t like that,” she said.

The donors included “a lot of self-starters, lots of entrepreneurs, lots of CEOs and executives,” said Bykowicz.

“People who have just blazed their own trails, and I can’t help but think that’s part of why they like him.”

She broke down the issues that voters had singled out to her, adding, “More than anything, it’s his force of personality. They just really believe that the country needs a huge shakeup, and he’s the one to do it.”

“People would literally say to me, ‘He wants to make America great again,’ which is his slogan, and it seems to be sticking really well with people.”


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