Trump's campaign loves to spend money at his properties
President Trump’s campaign is spending more money at his properties – hotels, restaurants and Manhattan’s Trump Tower – than any other political group, according to a report on Tuesday.
Republican groups spent just over $1 million at Trump holdings in 2017, but 70 percent of that was from Trump’s campaign and fundraising committees, Bloomberg reported.
The bulk of that was to pay rent at the Trump Tower for his campaign headquarters, the report said.
Other Trump properties – especially the Trump International Hotel a few blocks from the White House – also take in money in other ways, Bloomberg said, as Republicans head there to be seen for dinner or drinks.
It’s also a favored stop for diplomats and foreign officials to stay when they have business in Washington.
But Republicans have spent their cash elsewhere, especially when it comes to official campaign spending on event spaces and lodging.
Two Republican Party committees that support House and Senate candidates spent more than $1 million on catering and event spaces last year across the country, but not a dime at a Trump property.
The campaigns of 20 GOP lawmakers reported expenditures at Trump holdings last year and the Republican National Committee held its winter meeting at his Washington hotel on Feb. 1.
The president has come under criticism for maintaining a financial interest in his real estate empire, even though it’s through a trust run by his sons Donald Jr. and Eric Trump.
He’s also been sued for violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution that prevents elected officials from accepting gifts or benefits from foreign governments without congressional approval.
A federal judge tossed two suits in December but two other lawsuits are pending.