Some of the people President-elect Donald Trump has chosen to assist him in running the country gave big bucks to his campaign.
The list of announced appointees gave a combined $6,054,273 to Trump’s campaign committee, super PACs and other outside groups created to support his election, including donations from spouses and children, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Most of that came from billionaire Linda McMahon, a former WWE executive and US Senate candidate, who Trump has picked to run the Small Business Administration. McMahon gave $6,002,700 in donations to Trump’s bid for the presidency, according to the center.
The rest of the Trump appointees who donated to him, according to the center’s analysis, were:
• Andrew Puzder, a fast-food executive picked for labor secretary, who gave $20,800.
• Carl Icahn, a billionaire investor tapped to serve as an advisor on regulatory reform, who gave $10,800.
• Steven Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive in line serve as treasury secretary, who gave $5,400.
• Wilbur Ross, a billionaire investor picked to become commerce secretary, who gave $5,400.
• David Friedman, an attorney picked to serve as ambassador to Israel, who gave $5,400.
• Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil tapped to serve as Secretary of State, who gave $2,700.
• Tom Price, a US Representative from Georgia picked to run the Health and Humans Services Department, who gave $800.
• Mike Pompeo, a US Representative from Kansas selected to become director of the Central Intelligence Agency, who gave $273.
(There are limits on how much an individual can give to a candidate, their campaign, and traditional political action committees under campaign finance rules. But there are no limits on how much a person can give to or super PACs, which can then use that money to support a candidate.)
It’s not unusual for American presidents to pick major campaign donors for political appointments. But it may represent a departure from Trump’s rhetoric during the campaign to fight against money’s influence on politics.
Trump has also faced scrutiny for filling a number of key appointments with wealthy individuals, including some figures from Wall Street.
So far he has appointed seven billionaires to key positions along with a number of multimillionaires.
Altogether, his key appointments are estimated to be worth a collective $36.7 billion — about a billion dollars more than the value of the endowment of Harvard University, the world’s richest college.Matt Rocheleau can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @mrochele