The president of a medical marijuana wholesaler, an investor whose son lobbied the White House on behalf of Venezuela and Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge’s wife made the list.
So did the CEO of an L.A.-based video game company, a wealthy student in Oregon and a Texas retiree who made over 1,400 distinct donations in 2017.
Twenty-seven new donors broke onto the scene last year by giving at least $100,000 to political causes after contributing no more than $20,000 from 1989 to 2016. It’s an eclectic group to say the least.
The only obvious through line between these top donors is that the vast majority — 23 of the 27 — gave to Republican causes.
Top 27 new donors (2018 cycle) Donor Occupation / Employer 2017 1989 – 2016 Diff. Top Recipient(s) Greg Lindberg Eli Research $622,500 $7,900 $614,600 North Carolina Republican Party Michael Porter Retired $500,000 $0 $500,000 #ProjectRedTX Austin Marxe AWM Investment $350,050 $11,275 $338,775 Senate Majority PAC Lianbo Wang Thompson Education Center $339,500 $6,050 $333,450 Trump Victory R.W. Habboush