2020 Political Donations from South Asian Community
2020 Political season aka mudslinging has begun and with President Donald Trump in the White House, the Democrats are hell-bent on controlling the House, the Senate, and the White House. Through the end of September 30th, 2019, the local Indian/Pakistani political donors have donated over $69,000 to the Congressional and Presidential candidates.
The local political donors got the attention of many of the presidential candidates asking for a meeting and fundraiser events with the growing and prosperous Indian community. The congressional candidates are also active in seeking funds for the November 2020 election.
All the political donations went to Democrats and the donors list below show many of the registered Republicans members of the community are funding Democrats due to their incumbency advantage.
Congressman Steven Horsford raised $7,000, mainly from the Physicians of a cardiology group which was recently fined $2.5 million by the Department of Justice. Congresswoman Susie Lee received $4,500, while Congresswoman Dina Titus raised $8,800 from the local, mostly Physicians from the Indian Pakistani community.
Nevada Democratic Senator Jacky Rosen, who won’t be on the ballot in 2020, received $2,000 from Nafees Nagy.
For the presidential candidates, California Senator Kamala Harris received the most from the community, $13,600 to be exact, followed by the former Vice President Joe Biden who raised $12,700. Hindu Congresswoman from Hawaii, Tulsi Gabbard raised over $7,000 from the local Indian community.
Further analysis of the political donations reflects R.D. Prabhu is the leading donor, donating $16,000 to numerous candidates, including a donation to Indian American Congressman from Illinois Raja Krishnamoorthi. Interestingly, the list includes few new donors including Tara Rachakonda, daughter of R.D. Prabhu, donating for the first time, $1,000 to the presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker. The $1,000 donation from Tara is the only donation to Senator Booker from the local Indian/Pakistani community.
Many of the donors on the list are registered Republicans, however, there is not even a single contribution to any of the Republican candidates during the current election cycle.
The list doesn’t included donations made to candidates through the third party vendors.