As Donald Trump runs on the platform "Make America Great Again!," donors giving money to the campaign of the Republican presidential candidate are investing in his message and his ability to win. But with the constant missteps and a big drop in the polls by Trump, those donors are increasingly concerned about a return on investment as they weigh giving more to his campaign.
Donors like Victor DeFrisco, 60, an owner of Exit Realty Premier in South Florida, said the time is now to double down on Trump. DeFrisco said he is still behind Trump and hopes the missteps stop.
"Hillary's past actions are more harmful than his rhetoric," he said. "I don't think she is beating him. He is beating himself down. He just has to tone down his rhetoric and get back to the issues. But I don't know if he will." DeFrisco who has donated twice to the Trump campaign for a total of $350, vows he is going to donate for a third time in the near future.
Small-business owners like DeFrisco make up a good portion of Trump's donor base, said Steve Mnuchin, national finance chairman for the Trump campaign. Mnuchin also said the Trump campaign will be adding small-business owners to its economic council in an effort to focus on delivering policy solutions to the economic challenges facing small businesses. The Clinton campaign did not respond to CNBC's follow-up inquiry on small-business owner donations for the Democratic candidate.
The latest federal election filings revealed that the GOP presidential nominee's campaign ended June with more than $20 million on hand, a big jump from $1.3 million at the end of May. Clinton's campaign committee reported more than double that, with $44.4 million on hand. The July numbers are expected early Sunday.
As an investor in Trump, DeFrisco said it is frustrating to read Trump's tweets and watch his over-the-top comments. He hopes the candidate would listen more to his team, "He is obviously not listening to the donors or his family. He has really good people around him and he is obviously not listening to them," DeFrisco said.