Donald Trump has a long history of donating money to both Democrats and Republicans. He explains that this is simply good business: in today’s political economy, you have to grease the skids. So the question is: why did he stop?
As left-leaning site Politifact notes (not linked but you can google the caption), Trump donated heavily to Democrats during President Obama’s first term, but finally stopped actively aiding the communist takeover of America for the 2012 election cycle.
In fact, when Americans were rallying and marching by the millions to end the cronyist abuses of our government with TARP, the bailouts, Obamacare, and Dodd-Frank, Donald Trump was still donating heavily to Democrats, helping them to remain confident in their positions and to beat back conservative challengers.
At the height of the Tea Party movement, Donald Trump gave $25,000 to help elect former Democrat Party Chairman Terry McAuliffe governor of Virginia. McAuliffe would eventually claim a narrow victory over Redstater Ken Cuccinelli.
When confronted with Trump’s past donation to baby killers and gun grabbers, his fans paraphrase the alleged billionaire himself. Why, he’s just being a good businessman, greasing both skids. You have to do that in today’s world. Anyone knows that. He’s been in it, so understands it and can fix it.
Here is Trump from the August, 2015 CNN debate, in which Trump pushed through the negative:
Q: You’ve also supported a host of other liberal policies, you’ve also donated to several Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton included, Nancy Pelosi. You explained away those donations saying you did that to get business related favors. And you said recently, quote, when you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.
TRUMP: You better believe it… I will tell you that our system is broken. I gave to many people. Before this, before two months ago, I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And you know what? When I need something from them, two years later, three years later, I call them. They are there for me. And that’s a broken system.
But there are millions of people in business who don’t do that. You can be successful in business without buying off elected and appointed officials.
The Koch brothers, for instance, give a lot of money (though not much relative to their huge holdings) to freedom-oriented groups that lobby to do away with cronyism. They urge other wealthy people to do the same.
It is true is that you can have greater short-term business success, in financial terms, by greasing the sweaty palms of cronyist politicians. It’s the same pattern in all of life: you can cheat to win.
Politicians are also in the game. They know it just as well, and are just as likely as Donald Trump to want it to end.
Trump’s giving to Democrats stopped abruptly when he entered electoral politics — prior to the 2012 cycle.
So: how is he still in business?
If giving to both sides were a necessary tactic for a successful business, is Trump no longer successful?
Or is it the case that he’s simply better at how he helps Democrats, like his friend Hillary, get elected?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2014