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.