Donald Trump’s Ego Gets In The Way of the Truth, Again. This Time, It’s About How Much and Who He Has “Bought.”
During the Republican Primary Debate hosted by Fox News and Facebook on August 6, bombastic candidate and businessman Donald Trump declared “Most of the people on stage, I’ve given to, a lot of money.” Immediately, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio replied that Trump did not, in fact, donate to his campaign and supported former Gov. Charlie Crist during the 2010 election.
Looking at the extensive database of candidates Trump has donated to, in studies done by the Washington Post and Yahoo!, shows that Trump has not donated to as many politicians as he’d like the public to believe.
According to Yahoo!, Trump has donated to just four of his 16 opponents in the GOP primary and only one of the five Democrat candidates. Of the $70 million Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker raised for his reelection last year, the third victory in four years for the state’s top office, Trump gave $10,000. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee saw a $2,500 check from “The Donald” to his political action committee, Huck PAC, small in comparison to donation limits allowed to PACs in federal campaign laws. Former New York Gov. George Pataki received the largest level of donations from Trump among Republican candidates, seeing more than $43,500 come from the New York City-based businessman while Pataki was governor from 1996 through 2006.
The least amount among his opponents, aside from zero? Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who saw a paltry $500 come from Trump during Bush’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign.
And what about the Democrats? Well, Trump may think he has “bought” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with his donations, but $8,500 from 2000 through 2009 while Clinton was senator of New York usually does not warrant attending Trump’s wedding, as the real estate baron would like people to believe.