Trump’s Business Appears To Have Cut Gaetz A RNC Hotel Discount He Didn’t Report
According to Salon, the reelection campaign of staunch Trump ally Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) appears to have received a steep discount on Gaetz’s hotel room at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., during the Republican National Convention.
Recent Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings show the Gaetz campaign made four separate payments, ranging from $216.20 to $261.47, for lodging at Trump's hotel on Aug. 27, the last of four nights of the convention when Trump gave his acceptance speech from the White House lawn.
On that evening, the price for rooms for one adult through Hotels.com began at $795 and ran as high as $2,070, The Daily Beast reported. On the three convention dates prior to Trump's keynote address, the hotel priced its cheapest room at $695 a night. (Rates for rooms this week range from $695 to $895.)
It appears the hotel cut the Gaetz campaign a discount far below market rates. Even if the campaign had booked the cheapest room available, it appears to have paid about one-third of the market rate, saving anywhere between $470 and $530. Such a discount would represent an in-kind donation to the Gaets [sic] campaign, courtesy of Trump Old Post Office LLC. (The FEC treats any item of value as money.)
- Salon noted that it’s possible that Gaetz booked the hotel room well in advance, securing a rate lower than those available just ahead of the convention.
- However, this scenario is highly unlikely, given that President Trump “was still weighing in early August whether to give his speech from the White House or Gettysburg, Penn.,” and “Plans for the D.C. portion of the convention were not announced until Aug. 13.”
- According to journalist Zach Everson, even if Gaetz had thought to book his room months in advance, the rates he paid would still be uncharacteristically low.