From Open Secrets:
Donald Trump was pretty much the only Republican presidential candidate at last night’s prime time Fox News debate to find fault with the current campaign finance system. It’s hard to know what he thinks the solution is, but something, according to Trump, is “broken.”
I will tell you that our system is broken…I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And you know what? When I need something, two years later or three years later, I call them — they are there for me. And that’s a broken system.
None of the other nine White House hopefuls on stage had much to say about campaign finance, aside from a few derisive references to “lobbyists” and “special interests” — though several interrupted Trump to ask him for contributions. (Video here, starting at 3:30.)
Still, for all his bragging about how much he’s given politicians, parties and other committees, Trump is a bit of a piker by today’s standards. Yes, he’s given a lot over the years — a little over $1 million since the 1990 cycle at the federal level. But his biggest contribution? A $100,000 gift in 2012 to the Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC allied with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) that’s devoted to getting Republicans elected to the House. But stack that up against donors like hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer, healthcare investor Miguel Fernandez or roofing supply magnate Diane Hendricks, each of…