Based on a report by the Huffington Post, it appears Donald Trump is still diverting campaign donations to his own personal use. In fact, this time around, he’s spending $37,500 per month of campaign money to help pay rent in Trump Tower in order to compensate for all of the companies that have vacated the premises.
Apparently, the waste doesn’t stop there, either, as he also allegedly has thousands of square feet in northern Virginia that is virtually unused. However, the RNC is paying the rent in that location. Nevertheless, an insider told Huffington Post that Trump states he wants to keep the Trump Tower space simply because “they think it’s a valuable asset.” Sure. Seems awfully convenient, especially considering another former staffer followed up with exactly how valuable an asset it is, stating, “That value is obvious: at least in terms of Trump’s personal bank account.”
As troubling or “shady” as that may sound, Erin Chlopak of the Campaign Legal Center advocacy group claims that, depending on whether the space is actually being used for campaign activities, Trump’s use of campaign funds may be illegal. Additionally, Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen, has also chimed in, stating that “To have a purported billionaire taking money from people who are contributing in $10 and $20 increments … is pretty pathetic. But I guess not surprising.”
Yeah, “not surprising” is correct. I mean, after all, we’re talking about a man who, in the first two years of his presidency, somehow managed to spend $890,163 in campaign money in Trump Tower rent, $53,900 for rent in a nearby apartment he owns, and $42,225 for an apartment on Central Park South.
And yet he has spent an inordinate amount of time trying to paint Hillary as the crooked one. Hmm.