A new report by Politico details the pay-to-play corruption of Donald Trump’s administration. Trump promised that he would not be beholden to big money donors, but Politico’s analysis shows that an unusually high percentage of people given positions in the upcoming Trump Administration made large contributions to the Trump for President campaign and its supporting political action committees.
Here are the numbers:
– 73 out of the almost 200 people who have been granted private meetings with Donald Trump since Election Day were big money donors
– These donors gave an average of $800,000 to Trump and related Republican campaign committees
– 38 percent of people chosen by Donald Trump for government positions so far gave money to Trump and related political committees
– 6 of Donald Trump’s picks for Cabinet positions were big money donors to his campaign
– Todd Ricketts, the Trump pick for Secretary of Commerce, gave $15.7 million to Trump and other Republican committees this year, personally and through his family
– Betsy DeVos, the Trump pick for Secretary of Educatiom, gave $10.4 million to Trump and other Republican committees this year
– Linda McMahon, the Trump pick to head the Small Business Administration, gave $6 million to Trump and other Republican committees this year
– Andrew Puzder, the Trump pick for Secretary of Labor, gave $760,000 to Trump and other Republican committees this year
– Steven Mnuchin, the Trump pick for Secretary of the Treasury, gave $425,000 to Trump and other Republican committees this year, and controlled the majority of donations made to Trump this year, as Trump’s campaign finance chairman
These numbers profoundly undermeasure the amount of pay-to-play corruption going on in the Trump transition, because they do not account for dark money that was sent to organizations that are no longer required to report the sources of their unlimited campaign donations.
What’s more, these numbers do not reflect the rampant corruption taking place through Donald Trump’s businesses. For example, after becoming President Elect, Trump forced diplomats from Kuwait to move an expensive event to one of Trump’s hotels from another, competing location.
There is no system for reporting the payments made in association with these deals, which go to businesses being turned over to Donald Trump’s sons for the duration of the Trump presidency, who have frequent continuing business communication with Donald Trump himself.