Though Donald Trump has blasted fellow GOP presidential candidates for being beholden to big donors, he appears to be taking money from large donors and even appeared at a fundraising event for a super PAC last month.
At the Iowa State Fair earlier this month, Trump blasted candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and called him a “puppet to his donors.”
"These [lobbyists] are not people who are doing it because they like the color of his hair, believe me," Trump said. "These are highly sophisticated killers. And when they give five million dollars, or two million, or a million to Jeb, they have him just like a puppet. He'll do whatever they want. He is their puppet, believe me."
The real estate mogul went on to tell a story about a lobbyist friend who offered millions of dollars in donations to his campaign, saying that he turned the offer down so as to not be obligated to their interests.
Last month, however, Trump appeared at a fundraiser for a super PAC called the Make America Great Again PAC — which is raising money on his behalf. The event was attended by around 200 people and took place at a private Manhattan residence.
“There are so many people wanting to contribute and I am so grateful for their support. I appreciate the moral investment in my vision to Make America Great Again,” Trump said in a statement to Politico.
A consultant for the PAC, one of five currently known pro-Trump super PACs, also confirmed the billionaire businessman’s appearance.
“It was a combination of friends that have known Mr. Trump for years while others were meeting him for the first time,” consultant Mike Ciletti said.
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