Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump raised $4.5 million when he skipped a GOP debate in January to hold a fundraiser for veterans charities, three-quarters of what he has repeatedly said the event brought in, according to The Washington Post. The Trump campaign blamed unnamed wealthy acquaintances of the real estate mogul for the smaller figure, saying some made pledges but did not fulfill them.
Campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said he was not sure whether the $4.5 million included a $1 million pledge Mr. Trump made himself. Mr. Lewandoski said the candidate has fulfilled the million-dollar commitment but declined to name recipients.
Based on interviews with leaders at veterans groups that the Trump campaign has said the event supported, the Post has confirmed about $3.1 million in contributions resulting from the rally in Iowa, with the most recent donation check dated March 25. None of the charities said they received personal gifts from Mr. Trump, according to the newspaper.