Fundraising

David Bossie’s embarrassing retreat

Data: Presidential Coalition's forms 8872 from the IRS; Note: Chart excludes undated contributions; Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

Former Trump campaign deputy manager David Bossie, who Axios recently exposed as milking donors by flaunting President Trump’s name, is trying to repair and revive his controversial fundraising operation. 

The bottom line: Bossie suspended fundraising after Axios revealed that very little of the money he was raising was going to political campaigns. Trump was livid, forcing the Bossie retreat. Now, Bossie tells us he is making several changes — presumably to get back into Trump’s good graces and back into the fundraising business.

Stephen Ross expressed qualms about Trump bash after liberal backlash

Ross and Trump in 2010. Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis

Billionaire New York real estate developer Stephen Ross privately expressed qualms about going ahead with his Hamptons fundraiser for President Trump today.

The state of play: Liberal customers had threatened to boycott Equinox and SoulCycle, the high-end fitness brands owned by a parent company that Ross chairs. Ross, who also owns the NFL's Miami Dolphins, "freaked out" at the backlash, a source said, adding that Trump associates persuaded him to go ahead with the event at his Southampton mansion.