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A Former Democrat Becomes a Republican President and Hands His “Ole Pals” Controversial High Powered Positions in His Cabinet

Nine cabinet members, appointees and advisors have donated about $2.8 million to liberal groups and Democratic candidates as well. Mnuchin, for example, has contributed $74,000 in 42 donations to Democratic candidates and campaign committees since the early 90s.

Donald Trump has a long history of supporting his fellow New Yorker’s political career, however, in both campaign contributions and celebrity host of lucrative Democratic fundraisers.

He donated to Schumer’s first three Senate campaigns in 1998, 2004 and 2010. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump along with brothers Eric and Donald made eight donations to Schumer campaigns.

Trump family donations to Schumer since 1996

Donor Contributions Amount
Donald Trump Sr 9 $8,900
Jared Kushner & Ivanka Trump 6 $8,800
Donald Trump Jr. 1 $1,000
Eric Trump 1 $1,000
Total 17 $19,700

Aside from contributions, Schumer landed face time as a guest on “The Apprentice” in 2006.

Around the Trump White House, however, Schumer has long been a familiar face. Some of Trump’s key economic advisers, cabinet members and political appointees are also New Yorkers with a long history of supporting the Senate minority leader.

Carl Icahn, who served briefly as a Trump special advisor, was the most generous, having donated $22,800 to Schumer including four contributions for his 2016 Senate reelection.

Jay Clayton, Trump’s SEC chair, gave Schumer $1,000 to win in November.

The wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin gave Hillary Clinton $2,700 to beat her husband’s new boss last year; Trump economic advisor Gary Cohn gave Clinton $750 to beat Trump, too.

Schumer’s most trusted campaign donor is Goldman Sachs, the former home of both Mnuchin and Cohn, and the source of about $576,000 in Schumer donations since 1989.

Wilbur Ross, Trump’s Commerce secretary, and his wife chipped in $2,000 for Schumer in 1992 as well.

All told, the Trump family and his Washington inner circle have cut 27 checks to Schumer since the late 1980s.

Donations to Schumer from the Trump family and administration

Donor Contributions Amount
Donald Trump Sr 9 $8,900
Jared Kushner & Ivanka Trump 6 $8,800
Gary D. Cohn 4 $4,000
Steven Mnuchin 3 $2,500
Wilbur Ross 2 $2,000
Donald Trump Jr. 1 $1,000
Eric Trump 1 $1,000
Walter “Jay” Clayton 1 $1,000
Totals 27 $29,200

The Democratic Party has fared well, too. Democrats running in federal elections have collected about $1.1 million from those in Trump world since 1990.

Trump and his wives donated more than $370,000 to Democrats from 1989 to 2010, including at least one donation 19 consecutive years.

Trump family donations to Democrats since 1990

Donor Contributions Amount
Donald Trump Sr 174 $370,600
Jared Kushner & Ivanka Trump 67 $206,550
Donald Trump Jr. 10 $42,500
Eric Trump 1 $1,000
Totals 252 $620,650

Nine cabinet members, appointees and advisors have donated about $2.8 million to liberal groups and Democratic candidates as well. Mnuchin, for example, has contributed $74,000 in 42 donations to Democratic candidates and campaign committees since the early 90s.

Even ousted chief strategist Steve Bannon made a Democratic donation — $1,500 to California’s Bob Graham in 1991.

Donations to Democrats from Trump cabinet, advisors and appointees since 1990

Donor Contributions Amount
Gary D. Cohn 121 $342,600
Steven Mnuchin 47 $81,050
Wilbur Ross 35 $49,800
Linda McMahon 16 $39,100
Walter “Jay” Clayton 13 $12,500
Robert Lighthizer 6 $2,700
David Shulkin 4 $2,250
Betsy DeVos 2 $2,000
Ben Carson 3 $1,050
Totals 247 $533,050

None of Trump’s advisors or cabinet has donated money directly to the campaign committees of Nancy Pelosi, whose district is some 3,000 miles away from where the fortunes and political careers of Trump, Cohn, Mnuchin and Schumer began.

In early September, President Donald Trump, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) agreed on a plan to raise the debt limit, stabilize short-term funding and send hurricane aid relief to Texas – while ignoring the Republicans in the room.

Fox News wasn’t too surprised (although some Republicans were furious).

A week later, Schumer joined Pelosi to announce a separate plan for a deal with Trump to protect some 800,000 young immigrants from deportation through legislation that would replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era executive order.

Trump denied they reached a deal, but the damage was done.

Breitbart News, just a few weeks after ousted White House strategist Steve Bannon returned to the conservative news outlet, promptly flipped out and labeled Trump the “Amnesty Don.”

Credit: OpenSecrets
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