Cynical Americans insist that politicians from both parties are all alike, and given what we know about history or see in the news every day, it’s hard to blame them. However, some numbers don’t lie, and there is one difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that is simply impossible to ignore or dispute.
Democratic and Republican politicians have been denouncing lobbyists for decades, while still taking their money and serving their interests.
However, the Washington Post — hardly a “right wing” newspaper — has a new chapter in this sordid story:
Lobbyists have so far raised $7 million for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, while Donald Trump’s campaign reports he has collected $0 from K Street fundraisers. (…)
In addition, lobbyists have raised $2 million for the Hillary Victory Fund, the campaign’s joint fundraising committee with the Democratic National Committee, since 2015.
By comparison, Trump’s official campaign nor its joint fundraising committee with the Republican National Committee, Trump Victory, reported any lobbyist bundlers. That is unusual for a Republican presidential candidate, but Trump has sought to distance himself from the GOP establishment, including K Street, during his campaign.
And no surprise: the name “Soros Fund Management” is near the top of Clinton’s list of very generous donors, having contributed over $7-million. Others include a number of unions and “foundations,” of course.
The contrast between who Hillary is beholden to, and Trump’s freedom from this kind of influence, couldn’t be greater.
Credit: Allen B. West