Wall Street can't seem to make its mind up about who it wants in the White House.
In a business that leans decidedly conservative, many are saying the divide about which candidate the finance industry backs highlights the election's especially volatile tone, as well as Wall Street's desire to not be dragged back into the spotlight and further scrutinized.
"Nobody wants a repeat of 2008," one source said. "No one here wants to be seen as being elitist."
Until he sewed up the nomination earlier this month, Donald Trump had no need for Wall Street's elite, their money or their opinions. But as the candidate now must amass around $1 billion to fend off Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign war chest, Trump has begun New York meetings with wealthy potential donors in an attempt to lure cash thanks to his growing influence. So far, according to a spokeswoman for his campaign, things are going well.
"The fundraising operation has been a tremendous success," she said in an email. "Mr. Trump has widespread support and the money is pouring in."
Trump is slated to attend a fundraiser Tuesday in New York. Prominent Wall Street names expected to attend include Stephan A. Feinberg of Cerberus Capital, real estate magnate Peter Kalikow and vulture capital leader Wilbur A Ross, according to the New York Times.