Donald J. Trumpis leaning heavily on Republican Party organizations to provide crucial campaign functions like getting out the vote, digital outreach and fund-raising, at a time when some leading Republicans have called for party officials to cut off Mr. Trump and focus instead on maintaining control of Congress.
Despite an influx of campaign cash from small donors in July, Mr. Trump’s operation still largely resembles the bare-bones outfit that he rode to victory during the primary season, more concert tour than presidential campaign, according to interviews and documents filed with the Federal Election Commission through Saturday night. And some Republicans believe he is effectively out of time to invest in the kind of large-scale infrastructure that the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, will bring to the polls in November.
At a time when a typical presidential campaign would be fielding hundreds of organizers in swing states across the country and Mrs. Clinton is spending almost $3 million a month on staff, Mr. Trump spent more money on renting arenas for his speeches than he did on payroll. He had just 80 staff members on the ground at the beginning of August.
Although he has opened offices in Ohio and Florida in recent weeks, Mr. Trump’s field efforts rely primarily on roughly 500 Republican National Committee organizers scattered across 11 swing states.
Some Republicans believe that with the fall campaign weeks away, the party should focus its money and efforts down ballot to protect Republicans’ congressional base.
The difficulty, though, is that as November approaches, the Republican National Committee is more reliant on Mr. Trump for cash than on other recent nominees. Millions of dollars are coming in through a small-donor-focused committee operated jointly with the committee, which is splitting a share of the proceeds with Mr. Trump. Over half the money raised in July by the Trump campaign and the committee came from donors giving less than $200.
On the Trail
Mr. Trump will hold a rally in Akron, Ohio, while Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana will be in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Mrs. Clinton has no campaign events but will tape an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and will hold fund-raisers in Los Angeles. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia will campaign in Las Vegas and will attend a fund-raiser in Denver.