Regular readers know that I don’t particularly pay attention to horse-race journalism. The money chase is boring and as big donors can pour in buckets of money (hi Shelly Adelson!), so totals don’t equal enthusiasm.
Anyway, on the day in 2017 Prznint Stupid was sworn into office, he signed the papers starting his 2020 Goat Rodeo re-election campaign and started fundraising. As has been widely reported, his treasure chest of raised funds was alleged to be over $1B Ameroes.
So what happened to all that cheddar? Oh, you know, stupid decisions and grifting:
— Over $7.4 million spent at Trump-branded properties since 2017.
— At least $35.9 million spent on Trump merchandise.
— $39 million in legal and “compliance” fees. In addition to tapping the RNC and his campaign to pay legal costs during his impeachment proceedings, Trump has also relied on his political operation to cover legal costs for some aides.
— At least $15.1 million spent on the Republican National Convention. The event was supposed to be in Charlotte, North Carolina, but Trump relocated it to Jacksonville, Florida, after a dispute with North Carolina’s Democratic governor over coronavirus safety measures. The Florida event was ultimately canceled, with a mostly online convention taking its place. Disclosures show the RNC still spent $1 million at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, near Jacksonville.
— $912,000 spent on ads that ran on the personal Facebook pages of Parscale and Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson.
— A $250,000 ad run during Game 7 of the 2019 World Series, which came after Trump was booed by spectators when he attended Game 5.
— At least $218,000 for Trump surrogates to travel aboard private jets provided by campaign donors.
— $1.6 million on TV ads in the Washington, D.C., media market, an overwhelmingly Democratic area where Trump has little chance of winning but where he is a regular TV watcher.
And my personal favorite: $100k went to the literary aspirations of Junior Mints -“Nearly $100,000 [was] spent on copies of Donald Trump Jr.’s book Triggered, which helped propel it to the top of the New York Times bestsellers list.”
One of the laughable lies that pushed Prznint Apprentice into the White House was that he was a genius businessman who would use his Art of the Deal negotiating skills to Make America Great Allegedly. But we know in reality that he is totally a failure who put six companies into bankruptcy and accrued so many losses that he basically never paid income taxes.