Grifters Gotta Grift, cont.Hahaha!
Meet the man siphoning money from Donald Trump
A 25-year-old with no Trump ties raises $1 million by dangling ‘dinner’ with the GOP nominee.
So essentially, Ian Hawes, some 25-year old dude, set up a website that solicits donations on the promise of having a drawing to win a dinner with Hair Furer and so far he’s raised over a million Ameros. Of course, it is deceptive, but in the small print he says:
The fine print — in gray, size 8.5-font on a black background at the bottom of the website — discloses that this “dinner” actually amounts to the PAC buying two tickets “at a Sponsor-selected fundraising evening event held with Donald Trump and other attendees.”
But are the rubes taking their fleecing sitting down? No they are NOT:
“I feel ripped off and taken advantage of. This is horrible. That was not my intent,” said Mary Pat Kulina, who owns a paper-shredding company in Maryland and gave $265 to Hawes’ group. Kulina thought she had given to Trump’s campaign until told otherwise by POLITICO. “This is robbery,” she said. “I want my money back and I want them to add up what they stole from people and give it to Donald Trump.”
And then, my favorite:
David Easlick, a lawyer in Virginia, gave more than $1,000 to American Horizons PAC. “I assumed it was coming from Trump and we donated $1,000 because you might have a better chance than if you’d given $100,” Easlick said.
He asked with more than a hint of resignation, “Is it a fraud or something?”
Hawes has set up a PAC and is developing an email list that will undoubtedly be used for years to come to fleece Republican Rubes. And as much as I dislike grifters in general (and Mooselini in particular), I like the cut of his jib, and in the greater scheme of things being grifted by Hawes cannot hurt anymore than being grifted by the RNC.
I hope that he continues to target the Republicans: it is a rich vein of gold, methinks.