Tea Party Favorite Trump Has Given Thousands To Their Opponents
Donald Trump, who is the keynoter at a Boca Raton tea party event this weekend, has given lots of money to their foes and historically has taken different positions than they favor.
Trump is allied with the tea party movement in favoring repeal of the health care law and opposing tax hikes. But while exploring a 2000 Reform Party presidential bid, part-time Palm Beacher Trump supported universal health care and a one-time 14.25 percent “wealth tax” on individuals and estates with a net worth of more than $10 million…
Trump gave $2,400 in 2009 to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who hung onto his seat in November against tea party favorite Sharron Angle.
Trump has also given $8,900 over the years to House and Senate campaigns of Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who was recently overheard coaching fellow Dems to brand GOP budget cuts “extreme” to try to drive a wedge between House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and the tea party movement.
Trump also gave $4,800 to former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist‘s 2010 Senate campaign. Trump contributed in October 2009, when Crist was still a Republican trying to fend off a tea party-boosted primary challenge from eventual winner Marco Rubio.
Newsmeat has a summary that shows $800,000 in political contributions over the years.
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