The Wall Street Journal reported today that, of the $6 million in campaign funds that Trump spent in the first quarter of 2017, $500,000 has been directed right back into Trump-owned hotels, restaurants, and golf clubs.
The Federal Election Commission reported that $274,013 was spent on rent at Trump Tower; $13,828 on renting facilities and catering costs at Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas; and $58,685 at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. In total, since the inception of his presidential campaign, over $14 million has been funneled back into Trump-owned companies.
Trump’s inability to distance himself from his business holdings has been an issue since his election, with records still showing that he is closely tied to his many companies.
Since his election, Trump has continued raising money for his 2020 re-election campaign, amassing over $42 million since January. That is over twice the amount that President Obama raised at this point after his first election in 2008.
Any doubt that Trump has been enriching himself at the expense of the American taxpayer has long since vanished. His continued efforts to siphon money back into his own companies under the guise of regular expenses prove that Trump is only out for himself.
Trump First, America Second.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.