April 18, 2016 7:48 pm -


If Donald Trump had hired staff instead of burning up fuel, maybe he’d have been able to work the delegate math as well as Ted Cruz.

When choos­ing between buy­ing fuel for his lux­ury jet­liner or a lar­ger cam­paign staff, Trump has op­ted for jet fuel.

From the start of his pres­id­en­tial cam­paign through the end of Feb­ru­ary, Trump’s spend­ing on private air travel, primar­ily his ker­osene-guzz­ling Boe­ing 757, totaled $3.4 mil­lion—about a third more than he spent on payroll and polit­ic­al con­sult­ants, ac­cord­ing to a Na­tion­al Journ­al ana­lys­is of Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion fil­ings.

The up­shot? Trump and a hand­ful of aides swoop to his ral­lies in style aboard an air­plane large enough to carry 200 pas­sen­gers, but GOP meet­ings at the county and con­gres­sion­al-dis­trict level around the coun­try have gone un­staffed by the Trump cam­paign, al­low­ing scores of del­eg­ates loy­al to Sen. Ted Cruz to win slots to the sum­mer nom­in­at­ing con­ven­tion.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.