Trump Pardoned Businessman Whose Family Gave $200K To His Reelection Campaign
Paul Pogue, the former CEO of Pogue Construction, pleaded guilty in 2010 to filing false tax returns and underpaying his taxes by nearly half a million dollars, receiving three years of probation.
But that history is now gone, after President Donald Trump issued the Texas businessman a full pardon on Tuesday. And while Pogue might not have had the same high-profile case as others who received Trump’s mercy on Tuesday, his family contributed more than $200,000 to the president’s reelection efforts, Business Insider reported.
First reported by The Daily Beast, Federal Election Commission data reveals that Pogue’s son, who now heads the construction company, and his wife increased their political spending last year.
Ben and Ashleigh Pogue “made over $200,000 in donations to both the Trump Victory PAC and Trump's official presidential campaign,” Insider noted.
In August, the couple made a collective contribution of $135,000 to Trump Victory, and Ben “made an in-kind air travel donation to Trump Victory in September.”
Both maxed out their individual contribution limits for Trump’s campaign, donating $2,800 for the primary and another $2,800 for the general election.
And another $150,000 went to the Republican National Committee.
This political activity far exceeded the couple’s prior donations to campaigns, Insider noted: “Ben and Ashleigh Pogue made a donation of a few thousand dollars to Paul Ryan's congressional campaign in 2017, and $5,400 to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's presidential run in 2016.”