WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump usually can't go more than a minute without reminding everyone about his huge crowds, his huge poll numbers and his hugely opulent wealth. And on Wednesday, the day presidential candidates were required to disclose their fundraising with federal regulators, Trump's campaign issued perhaps the biggest brag yet about the real estate mogul.
In a statement announcing his filing with the Federal Election Commission, Trump aides said that the FEC report "was not designed for a man of Mr. Trump's massive wealth."
"For instance, they have boxes once a certain number is reached that simply state $50 million or more. Many of these boxes have been checked," the statement says. "As an example, if a building owned by Mr. Trump is worth $1.5 billion, the box checked is '$50,000,000 or more.'"
During his presidential announcement in New York last month, Trump estimated his own net worth to be nearly $9 billion, adding that it was probably even higher. However, financial experts, including those at Forbes, have cast doubt on that claim, because Trump had evidently not factored in his estimated $5 billion in liabilities.
Trump's campaign said Wednesday that when the candidate initially brought up the $9 billion figure, it was based on data that was, in fact, more than a year old. Trump's net worth has gone up since then, the campaign's statement said, possibly because of higher property values on Trump's holdings in several cities.
"His debt is a very small percentage of value, and at very low interest rates. As of this date, Mr. Trump's net worth is in excess of TEN BILLION DOLLARS," the statement reads.
The Huffington Post has not been able to verify that claim, because Trump's official form is not yet available on the FEC's website.
Trump has risen steadily in the polls since he announced his bid for president in June, despite widespread public condemnation of his remarks about undocumented immigrants. A USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Tuesday showed the celebrity hotelier in first place among a very crowded Republican presidential field, with 17 percent support from likely GOP voters. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) trails Trump with 14 percent.
Trump touted his own ascent in the statement provided by his campaign, and thumbed his nose at critics who'd been skeptical about his presidential run.
“First people said I would never run, and I did. Then, they said, I would never file my statement of candidacy with the FEC, and I did. Next, they said I would never file my personal financial disclosure forms. I filed them early despite the fact that I am allowed two 45 days [sic] extensions," he said in the statement. "Now I have surged in the polls and am fighting to Make America Great Again. I look forward to the challenge of winning the presidency and doing a fantastic job for our country. I will make the United States rich and strong and respected again, but also a country with a 'big heart' toward the care of our people.”
Trump loaned his campaign more than $1.8 million since announcing his bid for the White House, according to an FEC report that was posted online Wednesday evening. He raised a mere $96,298, while spending more than $1.4 million of the total sum on operating expenditures. His campaign has $487,736 cash on hand.
This story has been updated to include the most recent details of Trump's campaign finances.