Trump’s given to Democrats and Republicans in Virginia

Washington Post reporters Dan Eggen and T.W. Farnam wrote this morning about the political donation pattern of potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump--noting that Trump has given more money to Democrats than Republicans.

So what about here in Virginia, where Trump owns a golf course and recently purchased a winery?

Trump was an early supporter of fellow businessman Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the 2009 gubernatorial campaign. He gave McAuliffe a hefty $25,000 donation in March 2009, more than two months before McAuliffe lost in the Democratic primary in June.

But Trump apparently came around before November--donating $25,000 to Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) on Oct. 28, 2009, just before Election Day. (McDonnell is now a fan--he recently credited Trump with bringing straight talk to the national political debate.)

Trump’s only other donation in state politics in Virginia, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, was a $10,000 check in 2005 to the 21st Century Freedom PAC, a committee set up in Virginia by then New York Gov. George Pataki (R). The committee supported Republican candidates.

Rosalind Helderman is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for the Washington Post.

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