Trump Properties Have Made Over $17M From Campaign And RNC Since 2016
According to CNBC, President Trump’s properties have made “over $17 million from the Trump campaign and his joint fundraising committees since 2016.”
- The “payments to the president’s business came in the second quarter, as the coronavirus pandemic was spreading,” CNBC reported. “The payments were largely for the RNC donor retreat at Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago resort in early March, just before the end of the first quarter, according to a Republican official familiar with the matter.”
- The second-quarter payments “to Trump Hotels were first flagged by Anna Massoglia, a researcher at the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, or CRP,” the report added.
- And “beyond Trump’s hotels getting paid the massive six-figure totals, a company run by a business ally of the president’s also saw campaign expenditures come its way. Las Vegas Sands, the massive casino company owned by longtime Trump and GOP donor Sheldon Adelson, saw payments from Trump Victory last quarter,” CNBC wrote. “The payments totaled nearly $250,000 and they came on the heels of the president looking to take part in a fundraiser in March at Adelson’s home.”
The “vendor payments to Trump’s hotels have rankled government ethics experts and triggered debates over whether his company is benefiting from his presidency,” the report continued.
- An RNC official defended holding events at Trump-owned facilities, saying, “We hold some of our events at Trump properties because they are great venues that fit our needs.”
- According to CNBC, the data from CRP shows “that in the 2020 election cycle alone, Trump’s properties have been paid close to $4 million by the president’s campaign, RNC and joint committees, including thousands of dollars to Trump Tower, Trump Restaurants and Mar-a-Lago.”
The same groups “paid Trump’s businesses nearly $13 million during the 2016 election, data shows,” wrote CNBC.