Out of 8,000 Federal Donations Made to PACs and Politicians by CDC Employees in the Last Five Years, FEC Records Show Only Five Went to Republican Causes

by Spencer Landis


Employees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have made more than 8,000 contributions totaling over $285,000 to Democratic candidates and causes since 2015, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of political contributions.

Only five contributions were sent to a Republican PAC or candidate. Out of these five contributions, which totaled just over $1,000, three sent money to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign efforts, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records indicate.

The contributions were made by more than 550 people who listed the CDC as their employer on FEC forms. The contributors serve at various levels of management, ranging from nurses and information technology personnel to epidemiologists, public health advisors and the chief financial officer.

The CDC did not respond to a request for comment from the DCNF.

The most common recipient was ActBlue, an online fundraising platform for Democratic and left-leaning organizations.

Other common recipients included Bernie 2020, Biden for President, Hillary for America, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Warren for President, Inc.

Aside from supporting specific candidates, employees also donated money to progressive organizations like Indivisible Action, which seeks to “elect progressive leaders, rebuild our democracy, and defeat the Trump agenda.”

After the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, the total amount of money employees contributed to left-leaning causes by the end of the month was nearly three times higher than the previous five-year average. In addition, the total amount of contributions more than doubled compared to the previous five-year monthly average.

From March 11-31, employees donated nearly $8,000 through 158 contributions. During the same time span from 2015-2019, employees made an average of 69 contributions averaging $2,700 in total.

In recent weeks, tensions between Trump and the CDC have elevated over CDC guidelines on reopening schools in the fall.

Trump also retweeted conservative television personality Chuck Woolery’s tweet Monday claiming that “Everyone is lying” about coronavirus, including the CDC, according to Newsweek.

The most outrageous lies are the ones about Covid 19. Everyone is lying. The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors, not all but most ,that we are told to trust. I think it’s all about the election and keeping the economy from coming back, which is about the election. I’m sick of it.

— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) July 13, 2020

Trump defended his retweet of Woolery’s comments in an interview Tuesday with CBS News correspondent Catherine Herridge, The Hill reports.

“I reposted a tweet that a lot of people feel. But all I am doing is making a comment. I’m just putting somebody’s voice out there. There are many voices,” Trump said.

Woolery has since deactivated his Twitter account after tweeting that his son tested positive for coronavirus Wednesday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Betsy DeVos said Sunday on CNN that “the key is that kids have to get back to school.” When asked by anchor Dana Bash whether schools should follow CDC recommendations, DeVos responded that “Dr. Redfield has clearly said these are recommendations, and every situation is going to look slightly different.”

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Spencer Landis is a reporter for The Daily Caller News Foundation.







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9 Thoughts to “Out of 8,000 Federal Donations Made to PACs and Politicians by CDC Employees in the Last Five Years, FEC Records Show Only Five Went to Republican Causes”

  1. Angelito

    The sooner Americans realize the CV response was a hoax by leftists, the better. Do normal people actually believe this is a health issue and not a political issue?

  2. Cannoneer2

    I have been a working scientist for 3 decades now, and to be honest, most of the trouble I have worked against has been caused by Republicans.

    1. John

      Without listing any references to your claims, your statement is about as empty as Joe Biden’s brain.

    2. Steve Allen

      I don’t mean to discredit you personally as I do not know you, nor do I know the scientific discipline you engage in, BUT “science” like so many other accredited professions are controlled by either academia (now controlled by the Socialists) or politicians who provide their funding. Look at the bias in the Union of Concerned Scientists. I hold more credence in words spoken by a farmer than I would a scientist.

    3. vanessa

      such as? and what kind of “working scientist” are you???

  3. Kevin

    Great article! This is the embodiment of the “deep swamp”!

    So think about this mister or missus average American citizen, do you think that these “government employees” will EVER support anybody that lists their “jobs” or “business” as being non-essential? Will they EVER support anybody that votes to reduce their wages when the economy “slows down”?

    OF COURSE NOT! This is the danger of the deep swamp! And it may be too late! We may have already reached the “tipping point”, where enough voters derive their sustenance from the proverbial governmental teat, that they will NEVER vote against defunding themselves!

    And you thought that slavery was dead! Nope, the Democrat Party was and always has been all about making you work, while they get rich!

  4. Steve Allen

    So I also learned this morning that the CDC has been lumping all COVID-19 tests into one statistic. Meaning they are combining actively infected people with those who test positive for the antibodies but are not sick and reporting them all as being infected. In addition states (FL for instance) have been only reporting the number of positive tests, making it look like 80 to 100% were infected. President Trump has directed all reporting agencies to send their test results to Health and Human Services instead of the CDC. This article just backs up the suspicions that the CDC is working overtime to discredit the President and is working with the Left to destroy our economy and bring down the President. And of course the MSM will spin this to make it look like the President is trying to hide something. Link to one of the articles:


  5. Rick

    The CDC should be dismantled. A dept created by Democrats for Democrats , control and power, they are useless. The flu virus hoax continues by the promotion and fear of the media, Democrats and hospitals that get paid for every reported case. I despise and loath Democrats, the swamp, CDC and the media. What an unpatriotic group.

  6. David S. Blackwell RN, BSN

    Clearly when the left wants free healthcare they want a shoebox full of pills. Clearly the CDC is a front for the pharmaceutical companies with a revolving door. This is not rocket science. This just in! Michael Moore has canceled his gym membership. He needs more pills.