Podcast: Trump’s donors in Washington


This story was originally posted on KCTS9.org.

Last week, Crosscut published a story reporting on Trump's financial donors in Washington state.

In the story, Crosscut managing editor Drew Atkins found that Trump has received $468,338 from Washington supporters donating over $200. Only one would speak to him on the record, saying “I wouldn’t say I’m hoping Trump wins...I’m hoping something bad happens to Hillary, like she gets arrested, and then Bernie steps in and wins.”

So who are these Trump supporters? How do they really feel about the candidate? What prompted them to contribute to Trump’s presidential campaign? What has Trump's effect been on fundraising for Republican candidates in Washington state? Is Trump a plus or a minus?

In this podcast, Atkins discusses all of the above questions, plus the behind the scenes reporting that went into that story — and what didn't make it in.

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About the Authors & Contributors

Enrique Cerna

Enrique Cerna

Enrique Cerna is senior correspondent for Crosscut and KCTS 9. He joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. Since then, he has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs as well as local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, civil rights issues, the environment and Latinos in Washington State. Enrique has earned nine Northwest region Emmy awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.