5 Kickstarters That Earned More Than Trump In May

These crowdfunding campaigns have taken in more than Trump hauled in the first month of his campaign as the presumptive nominee

Donald Trump should have thought about keeping that fiver. — REUTERS
Jun 23, 2016 at 11:49 AM ET

For someone who is so vocal about his business acumen, Donald Trump’s campaign coffers aren’t exactly on swole. After nabbing the nomination on May 4, Trump ramped up his fundraising. But, it’s not going well.

Trump only managed to collect a paltry $3.1 million during May despite clinching the nomination on May 4 and clearing out all of his remaining competition. For comparison, Hillary Clinton raised about $26 million in May. But Trump didn’t just get beaten by his Democratic rival—he also lost to a cooler.

Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site, raises money much like a presidential campaign, except instead of the future leader of the free world, people fund their favorite goofy gifts. And there are many recent Kickstarter campaigns that have out-raised the presumptive GOP nominee—and lots (though not all) did it in the same 30 days. Here are our favorite five:

A high-tech “nano drone” (£2,335,119, or $3,425,514): Described as “autonomous, intelligent, and developable,” this tiny drone was evidently more appealing to the general public than Trump’s presidency, which presumably wouldn’t be described with those three adjectives.

Bring Reading Rainbow Back ($5,408,916): Perhaps LeVar Burton could have launched a more profitable presidential bid?

The Veronica Mars Movie Project ($5,702,153): Fans of the teen noir mystery drama starring Kristen Bell flocked to this fundraiser faster than any Americans who want to make America great again.

Pono Music ($6,225,354): Neil Young’s stupidly-shaped FLAC player was almost immediately called out for being bullshit and digital snake oil. That didn’t stop consumers from throwing cash down on a taxi cab yellow device that would never, ever fit in a human being’s pocket.

The Coolest Cooler ($13,285,226): A no-brainer, really. Of course would-be voters would rather sink their hard earned cash into a “portable party disguised as a cooler” and not large-scale anti-immigration walls. Wait, Mexico is paying for the cooler, you say?