The media is trying its latest smear tactic against Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, and it involves campaign contributions he has made over the years to many elected officials… some of whom he is running against in next year’s election. However, prior to his putting his hat into the ring to win the White House in 2016, Trump’s contributions are much ado about nothing, and are no different than what corporations and businessmen have been doing for decades in this corrupt form of cronyism we have in America today.
Scott Walker. Trump gave the Wisconsin governor $10,000 last year, when Walker was running for a second term. It seems to have helped, since Walker won. Still, it’s a tiny fraction of the $70 million or so Walker has raised during his five years as governor.
Mike Huckabee. In 2012, Trump gave $2,500 to the former Arkansas governor’s political-action committee, known as Huck PAC. As donations go, that’s a fairly small one.
Jeb Bush. Trump gave a mere $500 to Bush’s campaign in 2002, when Bush was governor of Florida. That’s not the kind of sum that gets you invited to the governor’s mansion.
George Pataki. The former New York governor wasn’t included in the main GOP debate, so Trump wasn’t referring to him when he said he’s given to most of the people on stage. But he did give at least $43,500 to Pataki during his years as governor, from 1996 to 2006.
Hillary Clinton. It’s certainly unusual that a presidential candidate of one party has donated money to a leading candidate of the other party. But Trump’s contributions to Clinton only total a modest $8,500. All of those donations came during Clinton’s tenure as senator from Trump’s home state of New York, from 2000 to 2009. Clinton has drawn close to $400 million in campaign contributions during her 16 years as an active politician, so if she attended Trump’s wedding solely because of the $8,500 he kicked in — as Trump suggested during the debate — she comes cheap. More likely, Clinton was there to take part in an A-list event where she’d bump into some of the most important people in her state. – Yahoo Finance
In addition to these politicians, Trump has even donated to Rand Paul’s charity and was surprised when Paul called out the Donald about his contributions during the most recent debates.
Doing business in today’s world is like a segment of the movie Back to School where Rodney Dangerfield instructs an economics professor on how the real business world works, and how one must ‘grease’ the palms of many people along the way (politicians, union leaders, bureaucratic officials). Yet ironically, crony capitalism under Barack Obama has in itself achieved levels not seen since the Warren G. Harding administration as the current President has given billions of dollars in taxpayer money to businesses who donated huge sums of money to help him win the last election.
It appears that like with Ron Paul last election cycle, the media is desperate to find, or even make up, stories that have little substance in an attempt to tear down Donald Trump before his campaign reaches a level of assured sustainability. And if reporting on campaign donations made by him and his company during a time when he used those favors to further his own business opportunities is a sin, then the media had better go after real abusers of the system, who in many cases outright own Congressmen and Senators when they put them in the offices they now hold.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for Secretsofthefed.com, Examiner.com, Roguemoney.net, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.