Donald Trump's campaign says it has made up some ground in the fundraising race against Hillary Clinton, but new data this weekend will show whether the low-spending organization started to burn that cash more freely last month.
The July numbers due Saturday night to the Federal Election Commission will not show if Trump's recent self-inflicted wounds have hurt his latest fundraising or whether both campaigns have changed their spending in recent weeks, as Clinton settled into a comfortable polling advantage. But they will give insight into the candidates' vastly different spending habits as they headed into their parties' conventions.
Trump has relied on intense news coverage and social media to push his message throughout his campaign, largely shunning traditional advertising channels and some methods of voter outreach. Trump, who trails in crucial swing states in most recent polls, has only started to buy ad in battlegrounds. The July numbers may show spending well below what campaigns typically spend to reach voters at this stage in the race.