The Wall Street Journal first reported the contributions. Merchan has given more than $6,000 to Democrats since 2016, including $2,800 to Biden's presidential campaign last year. Kara Scannell of CNN reports. The Wall Street Journal was the first to report on these contributions. Merchan gave more than $6000 to Democrats in 2016, including $2800 to Biden’s presidential campaign. CNN's Kara Scannell reports that The Wall Street Journal reported these contributions first. In the last four years, Judge Merchan gave over $6,000 to Democrats, of which $2,800 went to Biden’s campaign in 2016.