Trump Spends $1 Million to Research Presidential Run

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
May 27 2013 12:40 PM

Donald Trump Spends More Than $1 Million to Research Potential Presidential Run

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Donald Trump delivers remarks during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 15, 2013

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Donald Trump is apparently spending some money to try to convince people his insistence that he may just run for president is more than a simple publicity stunt. Michael Cohen, Trump’s special counsel, tells the New York Post’s Page Six that Trump has spent $1 million to gauge the reality TV star’s standings in each state to try to determine where he would have to win if he actually decides to run.

Apparently he has lots of demand. “Everybody tells me, ‘Please run for president. Please run for president.’ I would be much happier if a great and competent person came along,” Trump reportedly told a crowd at a Republican Party dinner in Michigan last week. Trump is increasingly being asked to speak at Republican events, according to “sources” cited by Page Six. Although Trump has reportedly not made any decisions on whether he intends to run, “We did not spend $1 million on this research for it just to sit on my bookshelf,” Cohen said. “The turnout at these political speeches indicates his following remains very strong and is growing.”

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.