NEW YORK ― Former President Donald Trump spent $375,000 raised from his followers for rent at his financially troubled Manhattan skyscraper last year ― even though his political committees have no presence in the building.
“It’s a huge scam,” said one former aide with direct knowledge of Trump’s political spending. “I can’t believe his base lets him get away with it.”
They are probably delighted to be fleeced by this low-rent grifter.
The ex-aide’s assertion was confirmed by a Trump Tower employee who screens traffic to offices above the floors that are open to visitors. When asked for permission to visit Trump’s political office recently, the employee told HuffPost that Save America and its related entities did not have offices there.
“It’s all being run out of Florida,” he said, declining to give his name.
Trump’s staff at his political committees did not respond to HuffPost queries.
This seems like such an obvious scam, renting to yourself from yourself and paying for it by donations. It feels like more money laundering to me, but probably it is technically not.
I dunno if there is a campaign finance law being broken here, but I suspect that there is.