Analysis: Trump gave money to GOP & Dem lawmakers
February 17th, 2011
05:01 PM ET
12 years ago

Analysis: Trump gave money to GOP & Dem lawmakers

Washington (CNN) - As potential presidential candidate Donald Trump touts his conservative credentials, a fresh analysis shows that the real estate mogul has donated money to Republicans – and Democrats.

On Thursday, the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics released figures from its analysis of Trump's political contributions since the 1990 political cycle.

It says that the "Apprentice" host has given money to 96 federal candidates. Of those, 48 were Republicans when they received the money.

The analysis goes on to say name the top 10 recipients of Trump's political cash: six Democrats and four Republicans. Among those on the list: New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel, who received $24,750; Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, who got $13,600; Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the New Jersey Democrat, collected $12,000; and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who received $10,400.

Trump has also contributed to other politicians on both sides of the aisle. He gave $7,500 to former Republican New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani; $5,000 to former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich; and $2,000 to former President George W. Bush.

Trump previously called Bush, "probably the worst president in the history of the United States," citing Iraq which, Trump called, a "total disaster."

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. The Realist Thinker

    Wow!! good revelation i bet he cant defend his real credentials. I bet he gave money to whoever serves his personal interest so much for principle. Anybody that buyes into most of the republican nonsense needs have theie head examined

    February 17, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    His new show is about to premeier, this is all about publicity and getting his face in the news. He has as much chance being the niminee for President as Rudy Guiliani, Newt Gingrich or Haley Barbour. They are all old news and not electable. They just come out looking old anf foolish.

    February 17, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    You give money so they are obligated to you. giving to both parties, means whoever wins, they are still obligated to you.

    February 17, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. S. In California

    Just what America needs a "mixed" candidate. One who doesn't REALLY know/care which party is in control as long as he can hog the cameras. This is NOT The Apprentice Donald. This is our lives and our children's lives we are talking about here. Please stop treating this like a joke.

    February 17, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    He MAY have gotten away with it if it were a handful of Blue Dogs... donating to Charlie Rangel and Harry Reid certainly won't sit well with many Republicans. Not that his potential candidacy had any viability before this revelation.

    February 17, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    Now that's "flip-flopping"!!

    February 17, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    To quote Trump's take on Bush, ". . .probably the worst president in the history of the United States." He is the first GOPper to admit the obvious. At least he is not a liar like Boner, McConnell, Beck, Hannity, and, of course, the elected republicans.

    February 17, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Former Republican - Now Independent

    He's just hedging his bets. Remember that Donald Trump is a business man, not a politician. His views and beliefs will change with the situation.

    As someone who is financially independent, he will not be bound by liberal or conservative dogma. The GOP would have as much luck controlling him as they would Sarah Palin's mouth.

    February 17, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. Sgt Schultz

    Of course he did. Big businesses give $ to both parties on a routine basis to advance their agendas. Politics is all about $ and power. That's why lobbyists literally write legislation for Congress to pass. Or cut checks to John Boener so he can give to his buddies right on the floor of Congress.

    February 17, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. Mark

    Good, I am so over republicans and democrats fighting, maybe someone who straddles both sides can get something done. So far he makes sense, at least he will force some issues on all those running.

    February 17, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. Indy

    Trump is a Chump and even his Daddy's money won't buy him the Whitehouse. His entire business is embroiled in fraud and he could never get cleared from the vetting process. In the 2008 elections there were many Republicans who said the Presidency is not an apprenticeship and yet almost every Republican hopeful has very little or no experience, and for all those who think Obama does not have experience, he has over two years of being POTUS and that is more then any Republican hopeful.

    February 17, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. LouAz

    He is a REALTOR that made money the old fashioned way . . . he inherited it from his father. All realtors think EVERYONE is a CUSTOMER. Of course he gave to both sides and has flip flopped for the last 20 years on EVERYTHING. He is always looking for CUSTOMERS !

    February 17, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Follow the dollar and that's where you'll find the real Trump.

    February 17, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. hazek

    "I like Donald, he's a nice guy, he just has zero chance to ever winning an election." Oh the sweet irony.

    February 17, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    Trump previously called Bush, "probably the worst president in the history of the United States," citing Iraq which, Trump called, a "total disaster."
    ...except for the fact that we won.

    February 17, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. theshift33

    Well of course he gave to both. US billionaires tend to place bets on both sides of the spectrum in the hope of ensuring that their assets are protected and their agendas are carried out regardless of which party gains power. For example, Bill Gates was unhappy with the Clinton era anti-trust suit that targeted Microsoft, so he backed Bush – and the Microsoft anti-trust action was quietly dropped as soon as Bush entered office. Now that Obama is not talking about breaking up any cartels, he has Gate's support. Warren Buffet fits the same mold. He was a prime backer of both Sarah Palin as Alaska Governor and Barak Obama
    as US President. His interest in the Palin campaign centered around his pipeline company, Mid-American, which was negotiating with the Alaska State Government over a natural gas pipeline to the tar sands, where Buffet has huge investments in
    Conoco Phillips syncrude projects. Obama also agreed to support that project, and so won Buffet's support. This is really the standard behavior – donating cash to a politician in the US is how you buy post-election access and hence control policy decisions which may effect one's business interests. Bet on both sides, and you can't lose. The Koch Brothers are somewhat unusual in being rabid ultra-conservative idealogues (hence their financing of the Tea Party) but their central goals are still financial-in particular, they want to keep America addicted to oil. They are part owners of the Alaskan pipeline, so devote their efforts to attacking renewable energy legislation (like CA's AB32). and pro-solar congressmembers (like AZ Gabrielle Giffords)
    and attempting to smear climate scientists. Obama is a close ally of the Midwestern coal and tar sands industries – as well as of BP – but not necessarily the Koch Brothers. Thus, he did not say anything about global warming in his State of the Union speech, and he also is trying to rebrand coal and nuclear as "clean renewable energy:. This is aligned with the interests of his major backers (take Exelon, the midwestern coal and nuclear utility that is now shopping nuclear reactors to the Saudis with US State Department support – and was his top Senate donor). Thus, the real political spectrum in the US is aligned by factional
    plutocratic interests far more than by liberal-conservative idealogy. The later is just drivel for public consumption, a rather transparent propaganda cover aimed at hiding the true scale of government corruption from public view.

    February 17, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. Bill from GA

    That idiot Trump wants to add a 25% tariff on goods from China. That is bound to cause outrageous inflation in the USA

    That idiot Trump wants to tell OPEC we will only pay a certain amount for oil. They just won't sell it to us.

    That idiot Trump is trying to sell one of his casinos in Atlantic City for ten cents on the dollar compared to the price in 2008. Great businessman, that Trump. If he were pres, he could just file for bankruptcy when the situation looks bad.

    February 17, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |