Election 2016

Pay to Play

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton faced vague allegations that she engaged in "pay to play" behavior by meeting with heads of state and Nobel prize recipients who donated to the Clinton Foundation, a public health charity that fights HIV and Malaria, but despot-elect Trump is openly running an actual pay to play scheme ahead of his inauguration.

For the low price of a million dollars, you can enjoy a “candlelight dinner” with the clown dictator and the same congressional Republican leaders who accused Hillary Clinton of engaging in various schemes.

According to a packet obtained by Variety, those who give $1 million or more to the [inaugural committee] will receive four tickets to a “leadership luncheon,” an event with cabinet appointees and House and Senate leadership; 4 tickets to an “intimate dinner with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Mrs. Karen Pence”; eight tickets to a “ladies luncheon,” with an “opportunity to meet the ladies of the first families”; eight tickets to a victory reception, billed as a “victory reception”; eight tickets to a “candlelight dinner” with appearances by the Trumps and the Pences; eight tickets to an inaugural concert and fireworks on the National Mall; eight tickets to the inaugural parade; and “premier access” tickets to a black-tie inaugural ball.

I've chosen not to spend a great deal of time considering Trump's inauguration, with this one exception, because there's no way it won't be total shitshow.

Beyond this obvious inaugural grift, Trump's numerous conflicts of interest have already manifested in the form of foreign leaders instructing their staff to stay at Trump-brand hotels to court favor with the despot-elect.

  • Badgerite

    Why do people who spend time with him always look like they are being help hostage?

  • muselet

    If we had a functioning news media, maybe this sort of graft would … well, it would probably still exist, but it might be less blatant than actively soliciting bribes.

    If we had an engaged citizenry, maybe we wouldn’t be looking down the barrel of four years of unimaginable horrors.

    And if I had wings, I could fly.


  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    This is right in line with his MO. Shifty as possible while staying just inside the legal guidelines.

    “Why, yes, I am accepting bribes.. but they aren’t technically bribes by the letter of the law, so it’s ok. Apologize!”

  • Georgie
    • And as bad as that is, it’s not as bad as the Herr Gropenfuhrer’s leadership to date.