Silicon Valley tycoon Peter Thiel spent almost $3.3 million this past election cycle and is now playing an influential role on Donald Trump’s transition team [Image: Getty].

What a relief that there will be no corruption in the White House now that Donald Trump has been elected as president!

He certainly won’t be appointing anybody to key positions, based only on the amount of money they donated to his campaign!

Oh, wait…

More than a third of the almost 200 people who have met with President-elect Donald Trump since his election last month, including those interviewing for administration jobs, gave large amounts of money to support his campaign and other Republicans this election cycle.

Together the 73 donors contributed $1.7 million to Trump and groups supporting him, according to a POLITICO analysis of Federal Election Commission records, and $57.3 million to the rest of the party, averaging more than $800,000 per donor.

While campaign donors are often tapped to fill comfy diplomatic posts across the globe, the extent to which donors are stocking Trump’s administration is unparalleled in modern presidential history, due in part to the Supreme Court decisions that loosened restrictions on campaign contributions, according to three longtime campaign experts.

The access and appointments are especially striking given Trump’s regular boasting during his campaign that his personal fortune and largely self-funded presidential bid meant that he would not be beholden to big donors, as many of his rivals would.

Source: Trump rewards big donors with jobs and access

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