Castro takes heat as outed Trump donors swing back
By Jonathan Easley – 08/10/19
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), the chairman of his twin brother’s presidential campaign, is taking heat for publishing the names and business interests of dozens of President Trump’s campaign donors who live and make their livelihoods in Castro’s San Antonio district.
The names of donors who give more than $200 to a candidate are publicly available online for anyone to see, but it’s unusual for a lawmaker to broadcast that information in an effort to publicly shame another campaign’s contributors.
Castro spokeswoman Katherine Schneider called the request for an investigation by the House Ethics Committee “baseless” and said that the information is regularly used as public information by media outlets.
“Their letter is a disingenuous attempt by pro-dark money, far-right legislators to limit Americans’ ability to track money in politics. They would prefer large contributions to be kept secret so that there’s no meaningful transparency in political giving,” said Schneider. “We look forward to hearing from the Committee if the request is considered.”
But Castro’s public naming of his own constituents, some of whom are older and retired or describe themselves as homemakers, was met with backlash from Trump, his campaign, Republican leaders, and even some on the left, who warned that the Texas Democrat was using his platform as a powerful lawmaker to target private citizens at a combustible moment in U.S. politics.
“People should not be personally targeted for their political views, period,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was shot and nearly died in a politically motivated attack two years ago, said over Twitter. “This isn’t a game. It’s dangerous, and lives are at stake. I know this firsthand.”
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