Joe Biden’s rise to the presidency came at a strange time for the Democratic Party, and there is still some confusion as to where exactly the allegedly-centrist politician will take his policies over teh course of the next four years.
The Democratic establishment has, for years, been fending off a concerted effort by radical progressives to wrestle the reins of the party away from the more moderate “old guard”. Biden, needing the far-left’s vote to be sure of his place in the 2020 race, made several major, progressive promises throughout the campaign. This was a balancing act for Biden, who was largely marketed in the midwest as the moderate candidate for centrist voters who were turned off by the then-President Trump’s behavior and leadership style.
Taking a look at the list of donors who contributed to Biden’s transition, however, seems to suggest that some more radical policies could be waiting in the wings.
The president’s team spent nearly $24.4 million through mid-February, according to data disclosed on Monday by the General Services Administration, but Biden also raised an astounding $22.1 million from private donors.
Donald Trump, by contrast, raised $6.5 million and Barack Obama raised about $4 million.
A smattering of those donors include:
Left-wing billionaire George Soros ($5,000)
DreamWorks cofounder Jeffrey Katzenberg: ($5,000)
“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane ($5,000)
Fmr. Virginia Gov. Terence McAuliffe ($5,000)
Film producer Abigail Disney ($5,000)
Billionaire heiress Laurene Powell Jobs ($5,000)
Actress Sharon Stone ($5,000)
Actress Patricia Arquette (5,000)
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio ($5,000)
Famous investor James Chanos ($5,000)
Actress Jennifer Aniston ($5,000)
Actor Robert De Niro ($5,000)
The Biden transition team is said to have spent nearly $20 million more than Donald Trump’s transition team as well, which flies in the face of the Democratic Party’s overwhelming proclivity for proclaiming themselves to be in favor of keeping big money out of politics.
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