Election 2020

Trump’s Next Campaign is Already Funneling Money to Him

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

It's currently April 21, 2017 and the 2020 presidential campaign is several years away, but Donald Trump's 2020 campaign is off to a big head start on funneling money directly to Trump.

Trump's campaign is already spending money at Trump Tower and his various hotels and resorts.

Nearly $500,000 from President Trump's 2020 re-election campaign has gone directly to Trump-owned restaurants, hotels and golf clubs, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

Of the more than $6 million in campaign funds spent in the first three months of 2017, $274,013 has gone toward rent at Trump Tower, the report said, citing Federal Election Commission filings.

Another $58,685 has gone toward lodging at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., and $13,828 has gone toward renting facilities and catering costs at Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas.

Trump's campaign directed $14 million to himself in 2016, but at this rate I assume his 2020 campaign will spend significantly more than that at Trump properties by the time November 2020 rolls around.

Trump's business properties were placed into a not-blind trust ostensibly controlled by his sons Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, but Trump is the sole beneficiary and he can withdraw funds from the trust at any time.

  • How can this possibly be legal?!?!

  • muselet

    This means that, effectively, Donald Trump is currently skimming ~5% off the top of his 2020 campaign spending. I wonder what his donors think of that (the big-money guys probably expected it, but I doubt small donors are that cynical yet).

    This sort of petty corruption comes as naturally to Trump as does breathing.

    –alopecia

    • Victor the Crab

      Yeah, but…BENGHAZI!!! And…HILLARY”S EMAILS!!! And…BOTH SIDES!!! And…BERNIE WOULD’VE WON IF CROOKED HILLARY AND DIRTY DEBBIE DIDN’T CONSPIRE TO KEEP AWESOME BERNIE FROM WINNING THE DEMOCRAT NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT THAT HE DESERVES A MILLION BILLION TRILLION ZILLION TIMES FOLD!!! WE GONNA BLAME YOU SELLOUT LIBERALS FOR MAKING TRUMP PRESIDENT ‘CUZ WE AM SOO SMART SO WE DON’T DESERVE BLAME!!! BLAAAAAH!!!!!

  • Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber

  • God damn, the level of corruption and grift in this administration is off the f-ing charts. And hypocritical Republicans have their heads up their asses because Trump has an (R) after his stupid name. This is infuriating.