On Friday Trump announced his economic advisors – a veritable who’s who of Wall Street tycoons who made millions of the economic collapse. The same Wall Street tycoons that Senator Johnson has relied on to bankroll his campaign. It was another reminder that Senator Johnson and Donald Trump share a similar vision for an economy that only works the richest Americans. Johnson’s reliance on the Wall Street bankers backing Trump may be part of the reason he’s refused to denounce the Republican nominee. It looks like his support for the Donald has paid off.
Here are just a few of Trump’s most high profile supporters who are now backing Johnson.
Richard Lefrak: Lefrak is a fellow billionaire real estate developer, and one of Trump’s closest acquaintances. He has already donated $100,000 to help elect Trump, and now he’s turned his largesse to Senator Johnson. Lefrak – who was sued for selling uninhabitable apartments and taking advantage of tenants – donated $5,400 to Johnson.
Peter Zieve: Johnson took in $5400 from Peter Zieve, a multi-millionaire from Washington. Zieve, a noted Islamophobe, started a “Mosque Watch Group” after claiming a local mosque would radicalize people. He was later forced to apologize for incendiary emails he sent out about the proposed mosque. Not surprisingly, Zieve is a vocal Trump supporter.
Elliott Broidy: Broidy has been a major fundraiser for Trump and was put on the RNC’s finance committee to help raise money for the Republican nominee. Broidy has a lot in common with Trump. In 2009 he pled guilty to giving nearly $1 million in illegal gifts to secure a contract. Broidy and his wife each donated $2700 to Johnson’s campaign.
William Doddridge: Doddridge started TrumPAC, one of the first super PACs dedicated to electing Donald Trump as president. He donated $5,000 to Senator Johnson.