It has been speculated that the main reason Donald Trump ran for the White House in 2016 was to garner free publicity he could then leverage to raise his profile and increase the value of his brand. In other words, it’s always about money for Trump, and his presidential race was no exception.
Now that he’s president, Trump is still trying to make a killing, despite his insistence that he’s handed over his business interests to his sons Eric and Don Jr.
Forbes is reporting that Trump is stealing money from his 2020 reelection campaign:
“Donald Trump has charged his own reelection campaign $1.3 million for rent, food, lodging and other expenses since taking office, according to a Forbes analysis of the latest campaign filings. And although outsiders have contributed more than $50 million to the campaign, the billionaire president hasn’t handed over any of his own cash. The net effect: $1.3 million of donor money has turned into $1.3 million of Trump money.”
Yes, you read that correctly: Donors gave money to reelect Trump and he took $1.3 million of that money and put it into his own pockets. That’s the very definition of “highway robbery.”
When he first announced he would be seeking the presidency in 2016, Trump proudly bragged:
“I don’t need anybody’s money. I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists. I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich.”
That, of course, like nearly everything Trump says, is a gigantic lie.
Part of the scheme Trump is running to divert campaign funds to him also involves what certainly sounds like fraud: Charging rent for buildings that aren’t even been used for the reported purpose:
“In addition, the campaign has paid $54,000 to Trump Plaza LLC, which controls a property that includes two brownstone apartment buildings in New York City.
“A person working behind the front desk couldn’t make sense of it either. ‘If there was any kind of office rented out for campaigning or whatever, I would know about it.'”
While the Federal Elections Commission is unlikely to bust Trump for these blatant violations of campaign finance law, keep in mind the Southern District of New York is working on a racketeering case against the president and the Trump Organization. So these revelations from Forbes could well become part of a larger criminal complaint against Trump.
With each day, we learn of new crimes committed by this lawless grifter who may have betrayed his country. Time to lock him up.