People who are fed up with politicians are for Trump

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By Dan Bart | February 28, 2016 6:33 pm

Some of the most generous donors to Donald Trump’s campaign thus, excluding retirees, the most identifiable contributions to the billionaire businessman have come from owners, presidents and CEOs, in that order, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of Federal Election Commission data through January.

They are presidents too, just don’t make quite as much money.

People who are fed up with politicians are for Trump

People who are fed up with politicians are for Trump

Presidents of mostly small to mid-sized businesses. And while the companies themselves vary, the proprietors share a common trait.

This folk is fed up with politicians.

Heather Nally, owner of the Micro Diner in Pittsburgh, could use a break on taxes. She’s been running her 29-seat restaurant for almost four years and pays her employees better than the $7.25 minimum wage.

“If I didn’t pay so much money on taxes I might be able to give these people more money,” Nally said.

She contributed $230 to Trump in January.

“Just get somebody in there who’s different,” said Anthony Forlini, whose Ocean Park, New Jersey, firm disposes of contaminated dirt. “I don’t even care anymore.”

Some of the most generous donors to Donald Trump’s campaign thus far — other than the candidate himself — are people with jobs titles a lot like his. They just don’t make quite as much money.

They are fed up with politicians.

Forlini, who donated $207 to Trump’s campaign last year, speaks for many.

Hugh Joyce of Richmond, Virginia, owns James River Heating Air Conditioning Co. and gave Trump’s campaign $2,700, the legal maximum.

“I don’t agree with everything [Trump] does, but what I do like about him, he’s not being bought by anybody else,” Joyce said. “When I see establishment people petrified, I’m interested.”

Plenty of establishment people are petrified — particularly Republican establishment people. And despite constant predictions of a flame-out, prompted by a steady stream of outrageous comments from the candidate, Trump is winning.

And at the Nevada caucuses on Tuesday night, he repeated his success, capturing 46 percent of the vote on his way to victory.

The Center for Public Integrity identified about 500 business owners and/or operators who gave an average of around $660 apiece to Trump. The businesses ranged from heating and air conditioning contracting companies to exterminators to restaurants. There were auto dealerships, real estate offices, retail outlets and small manufacturers.

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