Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton boards her plane at Charlotte Douglas International Airport while campaigning September 8, 2016, in Charlotte, North Carolina. (AFP photos)
The main super-PAC behind Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton raised a record $21.7 million in August, an official says.
Justin Barasky, the spokesman with Priorities USA, made the announcement in a statement on Thursday, adding that the group raised $161 million in donations and commitments for the cycle.
With mega-donors such as George Soros and James Simons supporting it, Priorities USA is considered one of the most powerful super-PACs in the 2016 presidential election.
The fundraising totals were initially reported by The New York Times.
“The money boosts Priorities USA Action’s combined donations and pledged donations to $161 million for the 2016 election cycle,” read the report. “The group now has $41.4 million in cash on hand.”
Priorities USA has spent millions of dollars on campaign ads to tarnish the image of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump in the run-up to the November 8 election.
“Donald Trump says he loves war, has a secret plan to fight terror and claims he knows more about ISIL (Daesh) than the generals do,” said Anne Caprara, the executive director of Priorities USA.
Donald Trump speaks at the New York State Conservative Party Presidential Convention at the Marriott Marquis on September 7, 2016 in New York
“This is not a man with the temperament suitable to lead a country, and with only two months until Election Day, Priorities is doing everything we can to ensure someone as dangerous and divisive” as Trump loses, she added.
Campaigners behind the real estate mogul, however, believe that he is doing well, citing recent polls that show the New York billionaire is drawing close to the former secretary of state.
According to a RealClearPolitics average of recent polls, the former first lady enjoys 45.6 percent of US voters’ support, 2.8 points ahead of the Republican nominee with 42.8 percent.

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