Amid ongoing allegations that he has used his presidency and campaign to move money into his private businesses, President Trump plans to attend yet another event at one of his properties on Thursday.
The Trump campaign is set to hold a roundtable with supporters at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., according to a schedule released by the White House on Wednesday.
A report from non-partisan ethics watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) found that Trump’s D.C. hotel, just blocks away from the White House, is the most common Trump Organization venue for political events, raking in $3.2 million from political groups since he announced his presidential campaign in 2015.
In all, the report says Trump properties have raked in more than $23 million since 2015, up from less than $100,000 in spending from political groups annually before his political career.
The most common spender is the Trump campaign, which has put $2.3 million into Trump’s private businesses according to Forbes’ Dan Alexander, who reported at least $3,500 spent by the Trump campaign at the Trump International Hotel in August.
But the Trump campaign is not alone: the RNC has spent $2.4 million at Trump properties, the Trump campaign’s joint fundraising committee with the RNC spent $2.3 million, pro-Trump PAC America first action spent $600,000 and the Republican Governors Association spent $400,000, according to the CREW report.
The Trump campaign did not respond to several questions regarding whether they would be reimbursed and what costs the event could involve to both the Trump campaign and the U.S. Secret Service, which has itself spent over $1.1 million at Trump properties during the Trump presidency, according to the Washington Post.
$231,000. That’s how Trump hotels have collected in total from Trump’s reelection campaign as of the end of August, Forbes reported.
“The campaign complies with all campaign finance laws and FEC regulations,” the Trump campaign told Forbes in a statement in August. “The campaign pays fair market value under negotiated rental agreements and other service agreements in compliance with the law. The campaign works closely with campaign counsel to ensure strict compliance in this regard.”
“Donald Trump only cares about his own bottom line, and the financial interests of the plutocrats he rubs elbows with at his luxury hotels and resorts,” Biden campaign spokesperson Michael Gwin told Forbes. “As Vice President Biden has said, this is a choice between Scranton and Park Avenue, and after four years of a President who looks out for Wall Street, the American people are ready for someone like Biden who understands the dignity of every worker, and who will always have their backs in the White House.”
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I am a news desk reporter covering politics and the 2020 election. I have previously worked for MSNBC and Chronogram Magazine. I attended Vassar College and the London