CLAIM: Trump’s businesses said to be cashing in on presidency


A new report based on Federal Election Commission data and federal agency records claims that President Donald Trump’s U.S. businesses have received at least $15.1 million in revenue from political groups and federal agencies since 2015.

According to a compilation of known records of the spending, the revenue went to Trump’s airplanes, hotels, golf courses and other interests during the 2016 presidential campaign and the first 15 months of his presidency, McClatchy reported.

The Trump campaign spent approximately 90 percent of the money — $13.4 million — but expenditures of $717,000 were also made by the Republican National Committee; nearly $595,000 from Trump Victory, the joint fundraising committee established up by the RNC and Trump’s campaign; and $9,000 from the National Republican Senate Committee.

Another $57,000 was spent by two political action committees — America First Action, whose mission is to elect federal candidates who support Trump’s agenda, spent $33,000 and Great America Committee, Vice President Mike Pence’s group, spent $24,000.

Monies were spent at Trump businesses by campaigns and committees supporting Republican House members Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, Jodey Arrington of Texas, Tom MacArthur of New Jersey and Dana Rohrabacher of California.

In 2013 and 2014, political spending at Trump properties totaled less than $20,000.

The report was compiled by Public Citizen, which analyzed Federal Election Commission data and federal agency records obtained from Freedom of Information Act requests by Public Citizen and Property of the People, a group of legal experts and activists.

A compilation of information released by the White House indicated that Trump has visited one of his properties on 138 days since his inauguration, with those visits prompting government spending.

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., is expected to introduce a legislation that would prohibit taxpayer spending at properties owned by an officeholder if the money contributes to a profit to the officeholder.

“Trump has raised the art of the self-deal to unprecedented heights, enriching himself at the expense of taxpayers,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen. “This requires a legislative response.”

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