Say what you will about the guy, he's certainly shaking things up. And one of the ways he's doing that is by virtue of the fact that unlike every other candidate in either party, he can't be bought. He's not only not chasing donors, he's turning them down:
A Washington Post article about the consternation of top Republicans took the boast at face value: “Donors feel powerless. Republican officials have little leverage. Candidates are skittish. Super-PAC operatives say attack ads against him could backfire.” Most voters will read of such big-donor consternation and think: What’s not to like? On the trail, Trump has of late been telling the story of a lobbyist who came to him offering the campaign $5 million, only to be sent away. Otherwise, Trump says, “he’ll be coming in two years, representing some foreign government.”
I turned down so much money I feel like a stupid person . . . five million dollars. I could have it right now, and I turned him down. In fact, how about—I’ll just take a vote—how about if I take all this money and promise you, swear to you, that I won’t do anything for these people. What about that? No?
Attacked during the early August Fox debate for giving lots of money to Democrats, he replied:
I will tell you that our system is broken. I gave to many people before this. Before this, two months ago, I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And do you know what? When I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me.
One of the other candidates asked, So what did you get?
“Well, I’ll tell you what, with Hillary Clinton, I said, be at my wedding, and she came to my wedding. You know why? She didn’t have a choice because I gave.”
That, if nothing else, gets peoples' attention. He may be bombastic, but he says what he thinks and he can't be bought. No wonder donors feel powerless. Unlike Obama, for example, who depended upon people like Portland child predator Terry Bean to raise a lot of money, Trump doesn't need to go there.
EUGENE -- The sex crimes case against prominent gay activist Terry Bean of Portland and his ex-boyfriend will be dismissed Tuesday because the alleged victim refuses to testify.
Bean, 67, and former boyfriend Kiah Loy Lawson, 25, are accused of having sex with a 15-year-old boy at a Eugene hotel in 2013. They each are charged with two counts of third-degree sodomy, a felony, and third-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor.
It's worth noting that ol' Terry reportedly offered to pay the kid around a quarter of a million dollars to keep quiet. It's how Portland Democratics roll.