Trump gets outside help for potential GOP convention battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has a Plan B if he’s faced with a contested convention — and it involves the sort of outside groups that he’s called “corrupt.”

The billionaire businessman might lock up the Republican presidential nomination in the next five weeks of voting.

But he and his allies are simultaneously undertaking a parallel effort to the campaign in case he falls short.

Outside groups, including one led by longtime Trump political ally Roger Stone, and a loose collection of colorful supporters such as “Bikers for Trump” are organizing ahead of the July convention in Cleveland.

They’re soliciting money to pay for their transportation and housing, and they’re already trying to influence Cleveland’s mood with a social media campaign saying that anything short of a Trump nomination would be “stealing.”