GOP megadonors keep giving money to Donald Trump campaign: Wall Street Journal Report

October 17, 2016 5:00 pm

GOP presidential nominee speaks in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, October 15, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Five of US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s megadonors have collectively contributed over $20 million to his campaign over the past three months, a new report shows.
According to a review of campaign finance filings by the Wall Street Journal, which was published on Sunday, so far Zionist casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, have given the pro-Trump super PAC $10 million.
TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts have also contributed $1 million to the organization, the report added.
Rebuilding America Now is another pro-Trump super PAC which has so far received $5 million from Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, $6 million from WWE executive Linda McMahon and $2 million from the Mountaire Corporation’s CEO Ronald Cameron.
Altogether, the two organizations have raised $30.2 million for Trump over the third quarter, finishing the period with $13 million cash on hand.
These are relatively healthy numbers for Trump, who has been struggling to win the support of many long-time GOP megadonors by running a tumultuous campaign.
A number of Republican-leaning billionaires have announced that that they will not support Trump as the party nominee.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman, for instance, has joined industrial power-brokers Charles and David Koch in withdrawing support from fellow GOP billionaire Trump.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (Photo by AFP)

Whitman has pushed the envelope even further by stating that she will endorse and help fund the campaign of Hillary Clinton, Trump’s Democratic rival.
Meanwhile, Robert and Rebekah Mercer, two other major GOP donors, warned Trump earlier this month that they will continue to support him unless he decides to act like the Clintons.
“We have a country to save and there is only one person who can save it. We, and Americans across the country and around the world, stand steadfastly behind Donald J. Trump,” the Mercers said.
Clinton is enjoying financial support from a growing list of American billionaires who oppose Trump.
So far, movie producers Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, financiers Warren Buffett and George Soros, and Walmart heiress Alice Walton have all made contributions to the former first lady’s campaign.
The former first lady raised over $154 million in September, bringing her total to $989 million since she entered the race in early 2015.
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