Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s contenders often speak of his former political contributions through the years. It’s time to report some bare-bone FACTS.
Ted Cruz has frequently pounded Donald Trump over donations made to Hillary Clinton in the past, (as if it were a tremendous amount.)
First, let’s point out a contribution Donald Trump made to Ted Cruz:
01/29/14 $5,000. To: Jobs Growth & Freedom Fund (Ted Cruz’s PAC)
Ted Cruz says Donald Trump wrote 10 checks to Hillary Clinton Campaign. Politifact.com reports that claim is slightly in error, and highly exaggerated:
Trump ended up making five donations worth $4,100 to Clinton’s Senate campaign, and two donations worth $2,300 to her 2008 presidential campaign. The presidential donations were eventually refunded in their entirety.
So, when you do the math, Donald Trump has actually donated MORE money to Ted Cruz than he ever did to Hillary Clinton.
Politifact also reports that since 2012, Trump has donated $463,450 to Republicans, and just $3,500 to Democrat candidates. Their reports, from 1989 to 2015, can be found HERE.
An easy-to-read summary of political contributions by Donald Trump from 1999 to 2014 can be found HERE.
Overall, the breakdown of Mr. Trump’s political contributions from 1999 to 2014 is as follows:
Regarding his political donations, Donald Trump wrote in his recent book, “Crippled America”:
“For years I gave money – lots of money – to candidates from both parties who made personal pleas for my support for their campaigns. They promised to change things with new ideas and bring government back to its original, more limited purpose of protecting our country and putting our people first.
Candidate after candidate made all kinds of pledges like this, and very little, if anything, was done. How many of those problems have been solved? Nothing seemed to move forward in Washington.
Finally I realized that America doesn’t need more “all-talk, no-action” politicians running things. It needs smart business people who understand how to manage. We don’t need more political rhetoric – we need more common sense.”