Palm Beach billionaire Wilbur Ross, named today as President-elect Donald Trump‘s choice for Commerce secretary, has been a big-league donor and money raiser for Trump and Republicans over the years.
But until two weeks ago, Ross was a registered Democrat, according to the Palm Beach County elections office.
Ross registered to vote in Palm Beach County as a Democrat in 2003 and didn’t switch to the GOP until Nov. 17, the elections office said today. Ross couldn’t be reached for comment late this afternoon.
Party labels aside, Ross has provided significant financial support to Republicans. He was a vice chairman of the “2016 Trump Victory leadership team,” which raised money for Trump and the Republican National Committee.
Since 2013, according to opensecrets.org, Ross’s contributions include $274,400 to the RNC, $56,100 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, $44,400 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, $10,000 to Sen. Marco Rubio‘s Reclaim America PAC, $5,400 to Trump’s campaign and $25,000 to help Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s 2014 re-election.
Ross has contributed to Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2012 and Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in 2010.