President Donald Trump is not a fan of the Biden/Harris ticket; he?s called former Vice President Joe Biden a ?wacko? and Sen. Kamala Harris a ?monster? as well as a ?super liberal wack job.” One would think that his disgust with these Democratic hopefuls runs long and deep. But looks ? and tweets ? can be deceiving. Trump has actually supported Harris in the past, and the proof is his bank account (well, sort of). Political contribution data on the California Secretary of State website shows Trump gave $5,000 to Harris during her first campaign for attorney general in 2011 ? and another $1,000 in 2013 amid her reelection. Ivanka Trump was also in on the Kamala love when in 2014, she made a contribution to Harris’ reelection campaign.
Trump giving Harris? campaign money may be the most astonishing present-day example of a Republican supporting a Democrat, but it?s hardly the only one. According to research data reviewed by GOBankingRates, there are more than a few prominent Republicans who have helped finance Biden’s and/or Harris’ bids for office in the past ? or even in the 2020 presidential election. See who has been donating to these two.
Last updated: Oct. 21, 2020
Steven Mnuchin is the 77th United States secretary of the treasury as part of the Cabinet of Donald Trump. In 2016, he gave Harris? senatorial campaign $2,000. She was the only Democrat who ran on the national level to receive money from Mnuchin that cycle, Roll Call reported.
As mentioned in the intro, Ivanka Trump was in support of Harris back in 2014 when Harris was up for reelection as attorney general. The eldest daughter of Trump gave $2,000 to Harris? campaign. President Trump has reasoned that Ivanka would be a better fit for vice president than Harris, who he has described as ?not competent.”
John Negroponte, a Republican career diplomat and the first director of National Intelligence — appointed by former President George W. Bush in 2005 — sent $788 Biden?s way. According to donation figures shared on OpenSecrets, Negroponte provided the funding in February 2020. He gave to other Democratic candidates this year, too, including Gretchen Driskell and Roger Dean Huffstetler.
Former Mitt Romney campaign member and Republican candidate for the governor of California in the 2010 election, Meg Whitman is looking pretty blue, in the political sense. The ex-CEO of eBay and current CEO of Quibi, Whitman has given a total of $147,600 to Biden and the DNC. That?s a lot of money, certainly ? but somehow less so when one remembers that she touts a net worth of $5.3 billion.
Former Illinois Congressman Ray LaHood confirmed in August 2020 that he was endorsing Biden, saying that he admired his leadership after working with him during President Barack Obama?s first term. LaHood served as U.S. secretary of transportation at that time. He handed over $1,250 to Biden.
Former New York Congresswoman Susan Molinari is practically New York GOP royalty, succeeding her father ? Guy Molinari ? in the U.S. House of Representatives. But the Republican lobbyist has made a hard left in her political journey, declaring her support for Biden at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. She also pledged her support financially, donating $2,800 to Biden.
Mickey Edwards was a member of Congress for 16 years, serving on the House Budget and Appropriations Committees and as a chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee. In a September 2020 opinion piece for Roll Call, Edwards, along with former Rep. Charles Djou, spoke out against Trump, criticizing his “childish name-calling, crude behavior and immature narcissism.” Edwards gave the Fair Fight, a democratic PAC, $1,000.
In an August op-ed for New Hampshire Union Leader, former Sen. Gordon Humphrey declared, ?I was a lifelong Republican until Donald Trump came along?? He went on to condemn Trump for ?spewing meanness and nastiness everywhere, dividing us one from another, insulting women ? even dishonoring my friend John McCain?s wartime heroism.” Humphrey put his money where his mouth was and gave Biden $3,600.
Businessman Alan Steelman was a Republican congressman from Texas in the early to mid-1970s, but his loyalties appear to have veered since then. In 2019, he donated $1,000 to Biden. And back in 2016, he tossed Hillary Clinton $250 ? so it looks like his 2019 blue streak is part of a greater pattern.
Republicans Endorsing Biden
Here?s an additional look at a running list of Republicans who have endorsed Biden. At the time of reporting, GOBankingRates did not have any data verifying that they were financially backing the Democratic ticket ? but an endorsement by these GOP bigwigs might just pay off at the polls more than any dollar donation could.
William Clinger, Jr.
William F. Weld
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Methodology: GOBankingRates reviewed The New York Times article, ?All the Republicans Who Won?t Support Trump? and cross-referenced the list of high-profile Republicans named with OpenSecret?s donor lookup database to learn how many have given money to Democratic nominee Joe Biden and/or vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris. For each Republican who has donated to Biden and/or Harris, GOBankingRates found their (1) former position/Republican affiliation; (2) who they donated to; and (3) how much was donated. GOBankingRates also used Politico?s ?Awkward: How Trump?s past donations could haunt 2020 Dems? as a source for donation information. All data was collected on and up to date as of Oct. 6, 2020.
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