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THE LID: The Ten Billion Dollar Man?

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Donald Trump answers questions surrounding his bid for the U.S. presidency in Albemarle House, a property of his outside of Charlottesville, Va., Tuesday, July 14, 2015. (P. Kevin Morley/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP) P. Kevin Morley / AP

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… Donald Trump’s campaign is complaining that the FEC financial disclosure form is “not designed for a man of Mr. Trump’s massive wealth.” We know just how he feels, since our massive intellect clearly can’t be contained by just one afternoon political newsletter, either.

THE LID: JULY 15, 2015

’16 AT 30 THOUSAND: Here’s our #realtalk assessment of Donald Trump’s “summary” of his personal wealth as announced today by the campaign: He certainly gets a short term win when it comes to the news cycle, but the proof is going to be in the FEC documentation when it’s made public. A quick scan of the political headlines shows that Trump has successfully gotten tons of media outlets (yes, us included) to blast out a headline reading that “Donald Trump Claims He Is Worth $10 Billion.” But there’s a real possibility that the FEC documentation could reflect a lower number. The campaign already played the expectations game today by complaining that the paperwork “was not designed for a man of Mr. Trump's massive wealth.” Bottom line: There’s a lot more to learn about his assets and liabilities, but don’t expect The Donald to concede to anything less than a Trump-like “HUGE!” net worth.

*** A programming note: The Lid will not publish tomorrow so that we can spend more time with our families, err....actually our FEC second quarter fundraising reports. See you Monday, folks.


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