Donald Trump built a real estate empire.
Reality television show? Check.
Here’s more on Trump’ political and financial history as he strides (seriously!) into the Republican party’s claustrophobic presidential candidate field:
- Donald Trump’s estimated worth is $4.1 billion — and it might be even more — meaning he could conceivably self-finance his presidential run.
- Since the late 1980s, Donald Trump has personally donated only a bit less money to federal Democrats (about $330,000) than Republicans (about $490,000), according to OpenSecrets.org.
- Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid, Anthony Weiner — they’re among the many Democrats to whom Donald Trump has contributed cash.
- Donald Trump once donated money to other 2016 presidential candidates or their political committees, including George Pataki, Mike Huckabee and Clinton.
- It’s not 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. But Donald Trump already occupies some nice digs at 1100 Pennsylvania Ave.
- The Democratic Governors Association’s based one of its recent fundraising appeals on Donald Trump’s belief that President Barack Obama wasn’t likely born in the United States.
- Donald Trump formed a presidential exploratory committee in April, allowing him to raise money. But he’s done this before — in 1999 — as a prospective Reform Party presidential candidate.
- Think running for president is hard? Wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin “stunned” Donald Trump at Wrestlemania 23.
- Even if Donald Trump never leads the United States of America, he’ll still be the leader of the Miss USA beauty pageant.
Sources: Center for Public Integrity reporting, Center for Responsive Politics, Federal Election Commission, Forbes, National Institute on Money in State Politics.
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