According to the Federal Election Commission, in just a two day period earlier this year, President Trump’s campaign spent nearly $400,000 in donations on the president’s businesses.
The huge amount was first noted by Open Secrets, a branch of the Center for Responsive Politics. The donations came in the form of payment over 43 transactions from March 31-April 1. The money was paid in 43 transactions from March 31 to April 1, according to records filed by the Trump Victory Committee, a joint fundraising committee of the president and the Republican National Committee.
The details of the transactions were listed as payments for “facility rental/catering services” to the “Trump Hotel Collection.”
The Trump Organization told Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold recently that the money, broken down into several payments, was for a “donor retreat” at the president’s Mar-a-Lago golf resort. This “sounds odd, but it’s plausible,” he said on Twitter.
In just two days, @realdonaldtrump’s campaign pumped $380K into Trump’s private business, in 43 separate payments. Trump Org says this was for a weeklong “donor retreat,” held in early March at Mar-a-Lago.— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) July 17, 2020
Campaign donations turned into private revenue for POTUS pic.twitter.com/1kf39vAqkt
According to CNBC and Open Secrets, With this recent addition, the tally of funds paid to Trump properties and business by the campaign and the RNC to $17 million.
New @FEC filing: Trump Victory paid ~$400,000 to Trump Hotel in Q2 alone—steering over $3 MILLION in donations from presidential campaign donors to Trump family, properties & businesses with his 2020 re-election campaign & Trump MAGA joint fundraising cmte—$17.4M+ counting 2016 pic.twitter.com/jS7rp4258K— Anna Massoglia (@annalecta) July 16, 2020
Fahrenthold noted Trump’s early presidency promises to keep his businesses separate have “gone out the window.”
Fahrenthold told Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC that Trump is “using the presidency and his control over government money and over campaign money to put millions of dollars in the pocket of Donald Trump himself,” and that “donors’ money becomes his private money.”
Taxpayers also pour money into Trump properties for pricey room rates at his golf resorts for Secret Service agents, with Trump properties bringing in $500,000 from taxpayers for just that from January 2017 to April 2018.
Keep in mind, too, that foreign leaders and business executives spend gobs of money at those same Trump properties. Critics warn that this type of behavior could also signify bribes and special favors handed out by Trump.