Democrats eager to take Donald Trump donations while complaining about money in politics
When you go to the California Democratic Party’s convention, and you happen to be the rare registered Republican in the press corps, you have to come prepared with an answer to The Question: Can I vote for Donald Trump in November? (My answer: I don’t have to decide now. Trump hasn’t won the primary.) It’s no secret that I don’t like Trump. But as I listened to speakers at the San Jose Democratic confab Saturday denounce the corrosive impact of money on politics, I realized some know Trump in a way I never will — they’ve tasted his money.The Democrats act clueless when asked why Trump and his family donated to them. But it is going to cut into one of their themes come election time about big money in Politics, especially if Trump is the nominee who has largely self funded his rather low cost campaign.
Trump has donated buckets to Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign, to the Clinton Foundation, and even to California Democrats. Trump donated $20,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006. The Dems went on to win the House, and San Francisco’s own Rep. Nancy Pelosi became House speaker. Trump met with Pelosi right after she ascended to the speakership. In January, Trump told MSNBC he “always had a good relationship” with Pelosi.
I asked Pelosi’s office why Trump ponied up for Pelosi. A spokesperson referred me to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. I went to the DCCC webpage, which was busy trying to tie vulnerable GOP incumbents to Trump and the Ku Klux Klan.
Both Donald and daughter Ivanka Trump donated to the campaign of Attorney General Kamala Harris. Ivanka wrote a check for $2,000 in 2013. The Donald donated $5,000 in 2011 and another for $1,000 in 2013. Harris is running to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate. In July, her Senate campaign purged The Donald’s money by giving a $6,000 check to Caracen, a group that fights federal enforcement of immigration law.