JTA recently completed a survey of FEC records from this cycle, and they found that more than 80 percent of the Republican Jewish Coalition’s board has declined to contribute to either Donald Trump’s campaign directly or to the Trump Victory Fund, a joint Trump-RNC venture. This is the second piece of evidence that Jewish Americans are not on board with the embattled demagogue. In September, FiveThirtyEight published an article that also found that 95 percent of Jewish donations this cycle have gone to Hillary Clinton.
Here is a key passage from the JTA piece:
The Republican Jewish Coalition has 55 members on its board of directors. So far, only nine have donated to Donald Trump’s campaign.
A JTA survey of federal campaign contribution records shows that more than 80 percent of the RJC board has declined to donate to its party’s presidential nominee, either directly or through a body called the Trump Victory Committee, which is jointly run by the campaign and the Republican National Committee.
The numbers stand in stark contrast to previous election cycles. In 2012 and 2008, the vast majority of the current board members donated to Mitt Romney and John McCain, respectively, with many giving the maximum direct donation of $5,000.
This year, while many of the board members donated to Republican presidential candidates during the primaries, most have kept their wallets closed as Election Day approaches.