Why would anyone need to do this when Donald Trump has already promised he’d get 95 percent of the black vote the second time around? Are they trying to ratchet that number up to 99 percent?
Allies of Donald Trump have begun holding events in black communities where organizers lavish praise on the president as they hand out tens of thousands of dollars to lucky attendees.
The first giveaway took place last month in Cleveland, where recipients whose winning tickets were drawn from a bin landed cash gifts in increments of several hundred dollars, stuffed into envelopes. A second giveaway scheduled for this month in Virginia has been postponed, and more are said to be in the works.
Hmm, sounds a little fishy. And — hey! — it turns out it is!
The organizers say the events are run by the book and intended to promote economic development in inner cities. But the group behind the cash giveaways is registered as a 501(c)3 charitable organization. One leading legal expert on nonprofit law said the arrangement raises questions about the group’s tax-exempt status, because it does not appear to be vetting the recipients of its money for legitimate charitable need.
“Charities are required to spend their money on charitable and educational activities,” said Marcus Owens, a former director of the Exempt Organizations Division at the Internal Revenue Service who is now in private practice at the law firm Loeb & Loeb. “It's not immediately clear to me how simply giving money away to people at an event is a charitable act.”
The giveaways are being run by an outside charity, the Urban Revitalization Coalition, and not the Trump campaign itself, so the campaign won’t get in trouble, I suppose. And I’m sure Trump’s campaign will tell them to cease and desist, because they’re completely above board and would never brook even a whiff of impropriety. Right?
That said, this is pretty cynical. “Hey, here’s some filthy lucre. Now go away and forget that the president of the United States is an execrable racist. Don’t worry about it, mmmkay?”
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