Last updated on August 27, 2020
Remember when Donald Trump tried to convince us he’d be uncorruptible because he was financing his own campaign? Hoo-boy, that was a good one. I didn’t believe him, of course, but apparently some walnut-brained yokels with conspicuously more animal carcasses on their walls than diplomas did.
And here we are. One uber-corrupt administration later, Donald Trump is no longer even pretending he’s not grifting his donors. Because, well, he’s grifting his donors.
Donald Trump continued to shift money from his donors to his business last month, as his reelection campaign paid his private companies for rent, food, lodging and other expenses, according to a review of the latest Federal Election Commission filings. The richest president in American history, who has yet to donate to his 2020 campaign, has now moved $2.3 million of contributions from other people into his private companies.
The most recent expenses look familiar. The president accepted $38,000 in rent last month through Trump Tower Commercial LLC, the entity that owns his Fifth Avenue skyscraper. Since Trump took office, his campaign has paid that company $1.5 million, more than any other property in the Trump empire, according to an analysis of federal filings. The Republican National Committee also coordinated with the campaign to pay Trump Tower Commercial LLC an additional $225,000.
Trump got another $8,000 in July via the Trump Corporation, a management company that he owns. The precise reason for those payments is unclear. Campaign filings describe the rationale as “legal & IT consulting” but it’s still a mystery why Trump’s management company is providing such services.
So imagine you’re an ardent Trump supporter (I’ll give you a chance to mainline some Dramamine before you attempt that little thought experiment) who has given, say, $100 to the Trump campaign, hoping to keep America great or make it great again or whatever they’re saying this week, only to find out Donald Trump has funneled your contribution into his own pocket.
What would you think?
Well, you’re a Trump supporter, so the best-case scenario is that you were going to use that money to contract horse chlamydia on the train ride to Branson. But, still, it’s an outrage, isn’t it?
I mean, isn’t it bad enough that Trump grifts the entire country by golfing at his own resorts? He has to con his own donors, too?
Well, better them than me, I guess.
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