TRUMP ENDED DONATIONS TO DEMOCRATS IN 2010
Says it’s just business; he has also funded ethically challenged in Congress, current rivals
Donald Trump has indeed given money to Democrat Hillary Clinton, as his opponents for the Republican nomination for president have claimed, but federal campaign records show he broke dramatically from donating to Democrats in favor of GOP candidates in the fall of 2010.
Trump’s last donations to a Democrat came in September 2010, when he gave $ 12,400 in two donations to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D- N. Y., and a fundraising committee benefiting her and other New York Democrats.
They were his last Democratic donations, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Weeks later, a mysterious poll had appeared in New Hampshire floating his name as a presidential candidate— Trump said he had nothing to do with it — and he told MSNBC’s Morning Joe, “It’s probable that I won’t do it but I can tell you, I’m thinking about it. Somebody has to do something. We are losing this country. This country will not be great if something isn’t done rapidly.”
Two days after that interview, Trump gave $ 50,000 to American Crossroads, the super PAC created by Republican uberstrategist Karl Rove.
The group was backing Republican candidates across the country, including Chris Gibson, a New York Army veteran running for the U. S. House seat that Gillibrand had vacated when she was elevated to the Senate.
At that point, Trump had given $ 254,000 to Democratic candidates and PACs, $ 182,000 to Republicans. Since then, he’s donated over $ 600,000 to federal campaigns, all to Republican causes and candidates, FEC records show.
As Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, one of Trump’s opponents for the Republican nomination, said, Trump wrote “checks to Hillary Clinton not once, not twice, not three times. Ten times.”
Trump gave $ 8,500 to Clinton in 10 donations from 2002 to 2009, when she was a senator from his home state of New York, and he also gave more than $ 100,000 to the Clinton Global Initiative, the nonprofit foundation run by her husband, former president Bill Clinton.
Trump has repeatedly defended his prior donations as a business expense. “I support politicians,” he said during Thursday’s debate. “In 2008, I supported Hillary Clinton. I supported many other people, by the way. And that was because of the fact that I’m in business.”
In 2012, Trump gave $ 45,000 to Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and endorsed Romney. He had given $ 47,000 to the campaigns and PACs of Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the GOP’s 2008 presidential candidate.
Most of the money for Romney was a lump sum donation to his fundraising committee; the donations to McCain were scattered across various campaign accounts over a 10- year period.
Thursday, Romney called Trump a fraud during a speech in Utah, and McCain issued a statement backing Romney’s attack.
Trump has also funded his presidential opponents. In January 2014, he gave $ 5,000 to the PAC supporting Cruz; in October of that year he donated $ 12,600 to a fundraising effort by Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who dropped out of the presidential race in December.
Campaign records show that Trump has also given to a bipartisan collection of officials who have encountered ethical problems, many of whom had to resign from office. They include:
Rep. Rob Andrews, D- N. J.: In 2008, Trump gave $ 6,900 to Andrews, who left Congress while the House Ethics Committee was investigating his use of campaign funds for personal activities.
Rep. Charles Rangel, D- N. Y.: On several occasions between 2001 and 2005, Trump donated to Rangel’s campaign and a PAC Rangel runs, totaling $ 26,000. Rangel was censured by the House in 2010 for failure to pay taxes on a vacation property and for soliciting donations to Rangel Center from organizations that had business before his committee.
Rep. Mark Foley, R- Fla.: Trump gave $ 8,500 to Foley in several donations between 1997 and 2006. Foley quit Congress in 2006 when it was revealed he had been sending sexually suggestive messages to teenage boys in the congressional page program.
Rep. Anthony Weiner, D- N. Y.: In 2007 and again in 2010, Trump donated to Weiner, who is married to Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton’s top aides. The donations totaled $ 4,300. Weiner resigned in 2011 after it was revealed he was sending sexually suggestive texts to several women.
As Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said, Trump wrote “checks to Hillary Clinton not once, not twice, not three times. Ten times.”
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