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Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s campaign paid out more than $9 million in February, spending big on political advertising, direct mail and airfare booked mostly through his own airline, according to an Associated Press review of the New York businessman’s latest federal election filings.

Trump’s campaign has so far expended more than $33 million since he joined a crowded field for the GOP presidential nomination last year. And his latest finance reports give some insight into who’s benefiting from his campaign, which has been financed by about $24 million in loans from Trump himself and another $9.5 million in donations from the public.

Trump’s filings were made public this weekend as other presidential candidates reported their finances to the Federal Election Commission.

John Kasich

Kasich, Ohio’s governor, had about $1.3 million in available campaign cash as this month began.

That’s far less than the $8 million in cash that Cruz’s campaign had on hand as of the last day of February, although millions of those dollars are under lock until the general election.

Cruz’s $12 million in February roughly equals Kasich’s entire campaign haul, dating to last summer.

Kasich’s home-state win last week convinced him to stay in the race in the hope of emerging as a “consensus candidate” during a contested convention this summer. That could be triggered if Trump does not win enough delegates in the remaining primaries. Kasich has no mathematical path for winning the nomination outright.

Ted Cruz

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, campaigning in Utah, called Donald Trump’s attacks on Mitt Romney Mormon affiliation “sad” and “disgraceful.”

“It was sad yesterday to see Donald Trump stand up in Utah and call into question Mitt Romney’s faith,” the Texas senator told reporters on Saturday after a rally in Draper ahead of the state’s Republican nominating contest on March 22. “That has no place in politics; that is wrong. It’s disgraceful to call into question the faith of another, and that is an attack that I think doesn’t belong in Utah and it doesn’t belong in politics,” Cruz said.

Trump jabbed at Romney late on Friday at Salt Lake City’s Infinity Event Center, less than two miles from the world headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the city’s Temple Square.

From Detroit News wire services

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