August 7, 2016 3:23 pm -

Trump has spent his campaign blasting politicians for being beholden to their donors, and yet he is acting the same way.

Of the 13 men — and they were all men — that Trump touted as economic advisers for their “unparalleled experience and success,” five are major donors whose families combined to give Trump’s campaign and his joint fundraising account with the Republican Party more than $2 million. Two more have been pursued for campaign contributions.Among those that Trump tapped for his economic advisory council is Steven Mnuchin, who, as Trump’s national finance director, is the point-man for soliciting campaign cash across the nation. Mnuchin gave Trump $425,000 at the end of June. Others big donors on Trump’s economic advisory team include:

—Stephen Feinberg, co-founder and CEO of Cerberus Capital Management, who contributed $339,400 and his wife gave another $339,400 to Trump Victory, the Republican’s nominee joint fundraising account with the national and state Republican parties.


—Andy Beal, a billionaire investor and poker player, who contributed $449,400, the largest legal sum that Trump Victory can receive from an individual. Beal also gav$100,000 to a pro-Trump super PAC last summer, the Make America Great Again PAC, which has since ceased its activities. Beal has also been publicly linked with another Trump super PAC, the Great America PAC, but federal records do not yet show that he has donated.

—Tom Barrack, a longtime Trump friend, who gave more than $399,000 to Trump Victory. Barrack, who also spoke at the Republican National Convention last month, spent more than $15,000 on in-kind contributions hosting Trump’s first big fundraiser in southern California, including $4,872 on beverages, in late May.

—Howard Lorber, president and CEO of Vector Group, who contributed $100,000 to Trump Victory in mid-June.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.