More than a third of the almost 200 people who have met with President-elect Donald Trump since his election last month, including those interviewing for administration jobs, gave large amounts of money to support his campaign and other Republicans this election cycle. Together the 73 donors contributed $1.7 million to Trump and groups supporting him, according to a POLITICO analysis of Federal Election Commission records, and $57.3 million to the rest of the party, averaging more than $800,000 per donor.
“If the people who are counseling the president-elect are the donor class — who, as Trump told us, give because they want something in return, those are his words — you will not get the policies his voters were hoping for,” said Trevor Potter, an election lawyer who advised John McCain’s 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns and founded the Campaign Legal Center. Mr. Potter also leads the Political Law Group at Caplin & Drysdale.
“The risk here is disillusionment by the voters who voted for change and are going to end up with a plutocracy,” Potter said.
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Excerpt taken from the article “Trump Rewards Big Donors with Jobs and Access” by Isaac Arnsdorf for POLITICO.