Trump Re-Election Campaign Dwarfs 2016 Effort

President’s operation already has spent more than it did in entire race four years ago

Sen. Tim Scott and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley kicked off the Republican National Convention, portraying President Trump as a strong but empathic leader. WSJ’s Rebecca Ballhaus reports that this year’s convention won’t be about the party, but why the Republican candidate deserves four more years. Photo: David T. Foster III/Zuma Press

WASHINGTON—Nearly four years after Donald Trump’s skeletal campaign propelled him to a surprise victory, his operation looks a lot more like the behemoth Hillary Clinton built.

As President Trump prepares this week to accept the Republican nomination for president for a second time, new campaign-finance records shed light on the sheer magnitude of his operation. Through the end of July, with more than three months to go before the election, the Trump campaign already had spent $323 million, more than the $321.8 million it spent in the entire 2016 election cycle—and more than the $258 million Mrs. Clinton’s campaign spent through July 2016.

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