Date: February 26, 2016

Donald Trump vs George Soros: Who is the bigger Democratic donor?

Donald Trump has defended his tens of thousands of dollars in donations to Democrats, while running in the Republican primary for president, by saying he’s a businessman and he was just donating to them to get them to give him government favors.

But were his donations really just pay-for-play? Were his donations in line with the courtesy cash other businessmen give politicians? Or were they more on scale with what megadonors who try to influence elections give?

To find out, Bombs and Dollars visited the Federal Election Commission’s information database (which includes everything from 1997 to 2016) and ran the numbers on Donald Trump–then compared them to an avowed Democrat and one of the biggest fundraisers in U.S. politics, investor George Soros.

What did we find out? Trump is on par–and even surpassing–Soros in terms of donating to many key Democrats.

For example, while Trump has given $7,400 to Sen. Harry Reid, who served as the Democrat’s leader since 2005 and the Senate Majority Leader from 2007-2015, while Soros has only donated $2,400 to Reid. Trump also gave $4,000 to the previous Democratic leader in Senate, Tom Daschle, also more than Soros.

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Besides just giving over $70,000 to individual Democrats who voted for Obamacare and urged its passage, Trump also donated to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Between 2004-08, when the Democrats shifted control of Senate by nine seats and took control of the Senate, Trump gave $67,500 to the DSCC.

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Losing Ohio, John Kasich calls on candidates losing their home states to drop out

Ohio Governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich unleashed a strange line of attack on fellow candidate and Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Politico reports:

Kasich, whose campaign has been gasping for oxygen since his fifth-place showing in South Carolina and dead-last finish in Nevada, may have found some in a new Quinnipiac poll that shows Rubio trailing Trump badly in his home state of Florida. Kasich’s team leapt at the news, calling on Rubio to drop out of the contest and support a candidate more likely to win his home state.

Drop out if you aren’t winning your home state. That’s interesting coming from Kasich’s campaign.

The most recent Quinnipiac poll, taken between Feb. 16-20, has Donald Trump leading Kasich 31% to 26% in Ohio. Before that, the second most recent poll, from November-October 2015, has Trump up 23% to 13% (Ohio primary polls).

In Florida, Trump is leading with an average of 38.7% in the polls Real Clear Politics tracks, with Rubio second at 19.3%, and Kasich last at 4.0% (Florida primary polls).

Rubio has beat Kasich in three-out-of-four of the states that voted, finishing second at the last two, and leads Kasich 16.7% to 9.3% nationally (national polls).

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