We here at the world headquarters of the Salem Political Snark blog -- located, appropriately enough, in Salem, Oregon -- strongly believe in citizens being actively involved in politics.
One great way to do this is by contributing to political campaigns.
So when a fellow patriot shared with me a spreadsheet of Salem donors to President Trump's re-election campaign, information that is publicly available via the Federal Election Commission, I had two strong reactions.
(1) I'm so clueless about spreadsheets, it's damn impressive that someone was able to combine donations to the Trump Make American Great Again Committee and the Donald J. Trump for President Committee into a single file. Miraculous!
(2) I need to thank these Trump supporters in a blog post for their service to our democracy.
I believe I succeeded in correctly copying in the names of the 77 Salem residents who have donated to the above-mentioned committees since January 1 of 2018.
If my senior citizen eyes missed a donor, consult the spreadsheet file I worked with. (Note: the aggregated amounts are in a separate tab.)
Download Salem Trump Contributors
Following is an alphabetical list of the reported Salem contributors to the Trump Make American Great Again Committee and the Donald J. Trump for President Committee.
I've honored the top ten contributors by putting their names in red. Again, this is public information, as a recent Vox story makes clear.
That story describes how donors come to be listed in Federal Election Commission reports: "Once contributions add up to more than $200 during a two-year cycle to a certain candidate, then campaigns have to report them to the FEC, including the amount, date of receipt, and the contributor’s name, address, occupation, and employer."
BOMAN, CHARLES D [tied #10 contributor $875]
BUNDY, DEAN [#3 contributor $1,724]
CANALES, ALFONSO H. MR.
CASE, FLYNN D. MR.
CHANDLER, RONNA L MS.
CHOATE, BARBARA J MRS.
COFFEY, MARY E MS.
CUTLER, EVA MS. [#2 contributor $1,900]
DONACA, RONALD L. MR.
DONACA, RONALD M. [#7 contributor $1,275]
DONACA, RONALD M. MRS. [#1 contributor $2,200] !!!!!!!!!!
FARRINGTON, DAN A.
FOSTER, BILLIE S
HAMMER, LINDA J. MRS.
HODGES, MIKE KELLY
KAUFMAN, DEAN [#6 contributor $1,384]
KIFLU, GABRIEL [#5 contributor $1,438]
KOCH, GRANT [#9 contributor $1,058]
LAY, MARY R MS.
MARKS, JOHN R. MR.
MEYER, MURIEL L. MRS.
OLIVER, PATRICIA D. MS.
PURNELL, WILLIAM E.
RALSTON, LINDA MS [tied #10 contributor $875]
ROGERS, ANN MARIE
ROGERS, LAURIE ANN
ROISEN, LOIS A. MRS.
SCHAEFER, ROGER J MR.
TRAN, TUE T [#4 contributor $1,546]
WEBB, THOMAS L [#8 contributor $1,125]
WILLIAMSON, JANICE R. MRS.
WIX, CAROL M. MS. [tied #10 contributor $875]
WOOD, LOU WILMA