U.S. President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign ramped up spending in June amid a series of public opinion polls showing him badly trailing his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden.
Federal election filings show the Trump campaign laid out $50 million last month, about twice as much as the month before.
The Democratic former vice president, in contrast, spent considerably less: $37 million.
A big chunk of that went to digital ads, where Biden's spending rose almost a hundred-fold, from about $175,000 in May up to nearly $17 million in June.
The June numbers also show Biden raised more money than the Republican president, $63.4 million to $55.2 million.
Both campaigns finished the month with roughly the same amount of cash in the bank: about $110 million.
Trump’s campaign spent more than $41 million on television, digital and other ads as public opinion polls showed Biden increasingly building a significant lead, with voters expressing disapproval over Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and protests over racial injustice.
Biden led Trump among registered voters by 10 percentage points in a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted last week.
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