Donald Trump's campaign spending more than doubled in July, and one company in particular reaped the benefits.
Trump's campaign reported $18.5 million in disbursements for July, up from $7.8 million in June, according to Federal Election Commission data released this weekend. About 45 percent of that, or $8.4 million, went to Giles-Parscale, a San Antonio–based company that designed Trump's website and handles digital marketing. The firm received $1.6 million in June.
Trump's campaign reported that it paid Giles-Parscale for "digital consulting/online advertising" in July, bringing its total expenses reported to the company to more than $12 million since last May. The big jump in spending on Giles-Parscale's services in July — while disbursements to payroll expenditures barely budged and television ad buys had not yet started — highlights the Trump campaign's unconventional approach to spending so far in this election.