G.O.P. Pumps Another $175,000 Of Donor Money Into Trump’s Business

The Republican National Committee spent more than $175,000 at Mar-a-Lago on May 12 for a venue rental and catering, according to a financial disclosure filed on Sunday. 

Donald Trump retained a 100% interest in his private Palm Beach resort when he became president.

The RNC now has spent at least $2.6 million at Trump’s businesses, 98.5% of which occurred after Trump became the presumptive GOP nominee for president in May 2016.

The $175,000 was for the portion of the RNC’s spring donor retreat held at Mar-a-Lago in April, an RNC spokesperson told Forbes.

Originally, the entire event had been slated to be held elsewhere, but portions were re-located to Mar-a-Lago from other venues, the Washington Post reported in March. “Many G.O.P. donors liked visiting Mar-a-Lago,” a Republican involved in planning the event told the Washington Post .

Trump lived at Mar-a-Lago from January through May, when he migrated north to one of his New Jersey golf clubs.

The Trump Organization has not replied to inquiries.

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I took an unusual route to get here. In a past life, I worked as a travel and food writer, which is how I got the assignment in 2016 to cover the grand opening of the

I took an unusual route to get here. In a past life, I worked as a travel and food writer, which is how I got the assignment in 2016 to cover the grand opening of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., just a couple miles from my home. When Trump won the election and refused to divest his business, I stayed on the story, starting a newsletter called 1100 Pennsylvania (named after the hotel’s address) and contributed to Vanity Fair, Politico and NBC News. I’m still interested in Trump, but I’ve broadened my focus to follow the money connected to other politicians as well—both Republicans and Democrats.

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