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RNC delegate outlines plans to oust Trump in Cleveland, plus his money woes




Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the U.S. Cellular Convention Center February 1, 2016 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the U.S. Cellular Convention Center February 1, 2016 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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In recent days Donald Trump's campaign has been rocked by staffing drama and roiled by reports of funding shortfalls which is giving renewed hope to opponents attempting to challenge his nomination at the Republican Convention.

Some of those opponents hold key positions on the Republican National Committee, including Kendal Unruh, a member of the rules committee and an outspoken Colorado delegate pushing for changes that might be able to oust Trump.  She plans to “unbind” and not vote for Trump on the first ballot.

“We as Republican delegates now have a job to do,” said Unruh, “and that is to guarantee that our choice reflects what we feel is best for the party.”

Unruh hopes to convince her colleagues in the rules committee, which will meet the week before the convention to draft its regulations,  to include a conscience clause.  This would inform delegates that they not strictly bound to any one candidate, especially if they take issue with a candidate’s morality or divergence from the party’s platform.  

“The delegates already have the power to unbind, they just don’t know that they have it,” said Unruh.

Unruh’s movement appears to be gaining momentum, and she claims at least 400 delegates across committees are looking to “dump Trump.”

This comes at a trying time for the prospective Republican nominee.  A recent financial report revealed that Trump had only $1.3 million cash on hand at the end of last month, less than Mayor Eric Garcetti has in his re-election campaign.

Isaac Arnsdorf, a Politico reporter specializing in money in politics, says the low cash on hand number is not the only startling part of the report.

“You didn’t see any of the evidence that you would ordinarily see from a professional sophisticated national campaign of building a fundraising operation,” Arnsdorf said.

Guests:

Kendal Unruh, RNC Rules Committee member and a Republican Delegate from Colorado strategizing a rules change for delegate voters

Isaac Arnsdorf, Reporter covering money in politics for POLITICO; he tweets from @iarnsdorf