$16.8 Million In Campaign Funds Went To Trump Businesses, Latest Records Reveal
President Donald Trump’s campaign and related political committees have spent about $16.8 million at Trump’s own properties since he first made his foray into politics, federal election spending records show.
HuffPost reported on Tuesday that so far this year “Republican political campaigns and PACs have spent just under $1.8 million at Trump-owned businesses,” according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
The Trump campaign spent the heftiest amount, shelling out $1.3 million to the president’s businesses, with the Republican National Committee and the Great America PAC each spending more than $100,ooo as well.
HuffPost noted that The Washington Post explained how such spending benefits the president by way of a “two-fer”: “When he holds a fundraiser at one of his properties, not only do donors contribute to his campaign, his business collects funds from his campaign for space rental and catering, some of which ultimately ends up in his pocket.”
Another revenue stream is coming from Republican members of Congress, the publication reported, with 48 lawmakers also spending campaign money at Trump’s businesses — and the spending is only going to rise.
“Senate Republicans are hosting a two-day 'Save the Senate' retreat at Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel early next month, according to The Intercept,” HuffPost reported.
Watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) noted that hotel room rates will be almost triple the average during that time.