Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has a long history of raising capital and doing deals.
But has Donald Trump put his money where his mouth is, politically?
[sharequote align="center"]But has Donald Trump put his money where his mouth is, politically?[/sharequote]
A review of more than a decade of campaign contribution data illustrates that Trump is a bipartisan giver at best and in fact, leans toward the left.
Data compiled by CrowdPAC - a new leading resource for objective data on U.S. political campaigns - reveals that Trump's donation lean just as much to the left, as to the right.
Data compiled by CrowdPAC illustrates that Donald Trump's campaign contributions have gone steadily to Democrats as much as his own party. Trump began contributing more heavily to Republicans only after a critical Washington Post article in 2011. (CrowdPAC)
A 30-year analysis of Trump's campaign donation history shows that beginning in the 1980s, Trump gave big to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ($22,000), to the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee of New York ($25,00) and to the DCCC's "Building Fund" in 1993, 1994 and 1997 (at least $10,000). He also contributed to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2002 ($25,000), the New York State Democratic Party ($5,000) and the New York State Democratic Committee also in 2002 ($5,000). Public records show he contributed again to the DCCC in 2006 ($35,000) and with a whopping donation to the Democratic Campaign Committee of New York State in 2008 ($50,000).
In addition to his institutional donations, Trump has also supported longtime Democrat politicians Ted Kennedy, Chuck Shumer, Joseph Kennedy, Eliot Spitzer, Charlie Rangel, the Cuomo family and Daniel Patrick Moynihan with numerous donations. He even gave his now-opponent Hillary Clinton several donations, although in smaller amounts of $1,000 each.
Campaign finance data from CrowdPAC reveals that Donald Trump gave big to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, along with Andrew Cuomo, Hillary Clinton, Sen. Dick Durbin, and California Governor Jerry Brown. (Jennifer Kerns)
That is not to say Donald Trump hasn't contributed to Republicans.
Trump has contributed to the Republican National Committee ($75,000), Senate Republican Campaign Committee of New York ($30,000), New York State Senate Republican Campaign Committee ($55,000), the California Republican Party during Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration in 2005 ($25,000). He's also contributed to the Republican Governor's Association ($25,000), the National Republican Senatorial Committee ($90,000), and Republican Parties in key states.
Closer to home, he's also been a team player to Republican causes such as the New York State Senate Republican Campaign Committee ($10,000), Friends of Pataki ($10,000), and to GOP darlings such as Rudy Giuliani.
Campaign finance data from CrowdPAC shows that Donald Trump increased his GOP donations after a critical 2011 Washington Post article. (Jennifer Kerns)
However, it seems that Trump accelerated his GOP giving after a critical Washington Post article in 2011 slammed him for being a larger contributor to Democrat Party causes and candidates. It was only after the Post article was published that Trump made larger contributions to the RNC, the NRSC and the RGA.
As Trump grew increasingly frustrated with President Obama's foreign and domestic policies - suggesting that Obama "kisses everyone's ass" and that domestically, Obama's policies are a "disaster" - it is possible that Trump genuinely turned the tide on donations.
Conventional wisdom suggests it's more likely that Trump knew he would run in 2016 and knew that conservative voters don't take kindly to big Democrat contributors.
What voters will think of Trump's history has yet to be seen.
On the one hand, conservatives may be so hungry for a White House win they may turn a blind eye to the Donald's Democrat dollars in exchange for his tough talk against Obama.
On the other hand, if conservatives value a candidate who puts his money where his mouth is and dig deep enough into the campaign finance data, voters just might say to the left-leaning, big-spending Trump this primary season: "You're fired."
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