You’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with; I think that’s how the old saying goes.
Or, I guess that sentiment could also be expressed a bit harsher by saying that there is a very real risk at all times of being guilty by association, especially in the realm of American politics.
And perhaps that is why people are taking a very close look at the list of donors for Joe Biden’s transition.
President Biden’s transition team raised more than $20 million, including donations from renowned business moguls and staples of the Hollywood celebrity circuit like George Soros, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Robert De Niro.
The president’s team spent nearly $24.4 million through mid-February, according to data disclosed on Monday by the General Services Administration, but Biden also raised an astounding $22.1 million from private donors.
Donald Trump, by contrast, raised $6.5 million and Barack Obama raised about $4 million.
The list of donors reads like a “who’s who” of liberal ideology.
Left-wing billionaire George Soros ($5,000)
DreamWorks cofounder Jeffrey Katzenberg: ($5,000)
“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane ($5,000)
Fmr. Virginia Gov. Terence McAuliffe ($5,000)
Film producer Abigail Disney ($5,000)
Billionaire heiress Laurene Powell Jobs ($5,000)
Actress Sharon Stone ($5,000)
Actress Patricia Arquette (5,000)
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio ($5,000)
Famous investor James Chanos ($5,000)
Actress Jennifer Aniston ($5,000)
Biden ran his 2020 campaign on the premise that he would be a moderate Democrat, which would, in theory, allow the Democratic Party to poach centrists on both sides of the aisle who were tired of Donald Trump’s brash political style.
With a laundry list of liberals like this backing him, however, it could be hard to Biden to remain in the middle for long.