Charities Are Still Waiting For Promised Donations Of Leftover Money From Trump’s $107M Inauguration Fund

The Associated Press reports:

President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee raised an unprecedented $107 million for a ceremony that officials promised would be “workmanlike,” and the committee pledged to give leftover funds to charity. Nearly eight months later, the group has helped pay for redecorating at the White House and the vice president’s residence in Washington. But nothing has yet gone to charity.

What is left from the massive fundraising is a mystery, clouded by messy and, at times, budget-busting management of a private fund that requires little public disclosure. The Associated Press spoke with eight people — vendors, donors and Trump associates — involved in planning and political fundraising for the celebration, an event that provides an early look at the new president’s management style and priorities. The people described a chaotic process marked by last-minute decisions, staffing turnover and little financial oversight.

Among the head-scratching line-items was the pre-inaugural Lincoln Memorial concert, which came with a $25 million price tag, according to four of the people. The price dwarfs a similar event staged eight years earlier for Obama’s first inauguration. One person familiar with the committee’s thinking said the $25 million included broadcasting costs and other events, complicating an apples-to-apples comparison with past inaugural concert expenses.

  • bkmn
  • Gustav2

    Empty bleacher seats are still being rented in case the crowd shows up. Trump is still waiting!

  • coram nobis

    There’s a lot to finger out, there.

  • fastlanestranger

    Everyone should do themselves a favor and just never believe anything this asshole says.

    • That option was put into play long ago.

    • perversatile

      With the exception of the following:
      Oh Shit- I’m in prison.
      Oh My God the Pain! I’m having a heart attack.
      Help me! I’m drowning! I can’t swim!
      That’s odd, this KFC tastes like Polonium.

  • popebuck1

    Yeah, good luck with that.

  • another_steve
  • KarenAtFOH

    Worthless GOP promises:
    Trump: “Charities will see donations.”
    FL Gov Scott: “Fuel is on the way. Everyone will have gas”
    Local FL officials: “Power will be restored soon.”

    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      Your parents are safe in the nursing home.

      • Christopher

        …that’s right across the street from a hospital.

      • Todd20036

        Ryan: we have a health care plan better than Obamacare, and the only reason we haven’t implemented it yet is those darned democrats.

  • HZ81

    I hope he stiffs every idiot who believed he would ever donate or pay up.

  • JWC

    waiting and waiting and waiting

  • Natty Enquirer

    Maybe they’re spending the $1.98 that’s left on administering Trump’s $1 million donation to Hurricane Harvey relief.

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  • WNY
    • Gustav2

      Michigan House Passed Bill Allowing EMTs To Refuse Treatment To Gay People

      by Dan Avery 12/8/2014

      2014

    • WNY

      oh, I guess this happened a while back

      • WNY
        • Gustav2

          It happens!

          • Joe in PA

            It does…only for me it is when I send a ‘hot tip’ to Joe Jervis…and he very tactfully replied: I’ve already posted that. LOL 🙂 Ooops.

          • Bad Tom

            He replied to you!
            *Swoon*

          • Joe in PA

            Well, I would say “get hold of yourself” but you might take that the wrong way. 🙂

      • Uncle Mark

        But it does serve as an important reminder that it’s NEVER just about bakers, florists, or photographers. It NEVER just stops there !!

    • another_steve

      The “religious liberty” scam is the premier civil rights challenge facing people of good will today. Religious people of good will and not-religious people of good will.

      It will be very difficult to fight. Understanding why the “religious liberty” argument is a pernicious scam requires a level of insight and understanding that many many Americans simply do not possess.

      For progressives, defeating the scam in court will prove to be a major challenge of our day.

      • This is simply put: Your religious superstitions do not over rule my civil rights, period.

        • another_steve

          You and I may understand that, freehit – but I guarantee you that the vast majority of Americans do not.

  • coram nobis

    In other news, ACLU is suing DHS over warrantless searches and seizures of phones and laptops at airports.

    http://blog.sfgate.com/cmcginnis/2017/09/15/airport-searches-show-me-your-phone-or-else

    • JWC

      good to hear that is SOO unnecessary

    • Halou

      The same DHS that just refused to abide by a court order requiring visitor logs be made public in full?

      • coram nobis

        Yes, and the same DHS that collected Dreamers’ DACA applications and now will hand them over to ICE.

    • The_Wretched

      good!

  • UnkleSpunky

    Grandma used to always say “Wish in one hand and shit in the other … then see which fills quicker”. Keep wishing kids cause it ain’t gonna happen

  • JerryRich

    As with Trump’s contractors, business partners, and employees, the charities can expect to receive pennies on the dollar – in this case, about zero pennies.

  • Snarkaholic

    He’ll send them a few MAGA hats (that can’t be sold because someone spilled soda on them).

    • FelineMama

      Or, set’em on fire or pee’d on em.

  • Todd Allis
  • Paula

    Charity? That’s a good one. Who really expected that to happen?
    🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄

    • thatotherjean

      Trump’s idiot base. And they’ll believe that it did happen, because he said it would, and they will never bother to/don’t know how to check.

  • Bluto
    • Joe in PA

      Said no one ever. 🙁

  • Moebym of the Returners

    So when will the MAGA idiots finally admit to themselves that their glorious leader is a con man who doesn’t discriminate when it comes to who he screws over?

    • Joe in PA

      Trouble is…the “MAGA idiots” will never see this, nor the other outrageous (and likely illegal) shit he does…they only watch Fox.

    • Bluto

      About the same time you grow udders & can squirt frozen margaritas.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Mmmmmm . . . frozen margaritas . . . . mmmmmmmmmm.

      • edrex

        that’s a genetic modification i could get behind.

      • Bad Tom

        You had my attention at margaritas.

    • Halou

      But her emails.

      • another_steve

        And she almost fainted.

        Getting into the car.

        You remember, surely.

        • Halou

          How could I forget, it was all over the news for days on end.

    • charemor

      Well, some of them are burning their hats.

      • Reality.Bites

        Sadly, after removing them from their heads.

  • Joe in PA

    And every day I try NOT to let this become the ‘new normal’. And it gets harder all the time. We all saw this coming. 🙁

  • Joe in PA

    Has the $1 million been coughed up for the hurricane Harvey relief?

    Bwahahaha.

    • Natty Enquirer

      It may be impossible for any transaction to move forward while Trump’s foundation is under investigation.

      • Joe in PA

        That money was supposed to come from his {{{cough, cough}}} personal funds.

      • The_Wretched

        the T – foundation is closed and on ice. Trump’s using his campaign funds for slush. He’d pay, if at all, from there.

    • Halou

      Uhh, the cell phone reception is bad over at the charity office…

      • Bad Tom

        Trump is notorious for not paying his bills. Why would paying his cell carrier be any different?

  • FelineMama

    It’s soo much cheaper to “promise” than to produce. drumph values. Art of the Steal.

  • this is a surprise to… no one. it’s probably all sitting in a bank account in the traitor’s name. every thing that comes out of his mouth is a lie. it’s really sad to be able to say that with such confidence, about the man who is the president.

    • Halou

      Just a couple of years ago we would joke about this sort of behavior coming from African king-presidents. The world is upside down now, Kenya’s judiciary has recently voided that nation’s election results because of hacking and corrupt practices by one of the candidates.

      • Hmm…they were projecting again with the Kenya bashing. They knew good things come out of that country. (That was some good sperm, dad of B.H.O.)

    • RoFaWh

      I’m confident that Trump, no matter how stupid he is, knows better than to deposit ill-gotten gains in a bank account bearing his name.

      Look, instead, for bank accounts in the name “DJT45” and other obfuscations.

  • OdieDenCO

    OT: good news:
    A federal judge has ruled Attorney General Jeff Sessions cannot follow
    through with his threat to withhold public safety grant money to Chicago
    and other so-called sanctuary cities for refusing his order to impose
    tough immigration policies.

    http://www.9news.com/news/local/politics/judge-sessions-cant-deny-grant-money-for-sanctuary-cities/475307254

    • The_Wretched

      The amount of shear waste and effort involved in fighting back the bs is staggering. In a sane government, Sessions would suffer politically and personally for these kinds of legal losses.

      • Librarykid

        A friend and I were discussing today how 45 is making Sessions his bitch by humiliating him. This is good payback for the all of the people Sessions has wronged out of hate and bigotry over the decades. I hope for continued misery for him.

  • lymis

    No doubt all the leftover money went into the McDonald’s Children’s Charity box after the last Big Mac run.

    • Gustav2

      Chris Christie dropped it off, he’s the only one who has their order memorized.

  • Talisman

    They really expected it?

  • They’ll never see a penny of it.

    Donald operates from the most malignant and extreme fundamentalist version of the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition. In fact, if memory serves, rule #1 is “Once you have their money, never give it back.”

    • Fifth-and-a-Half Element

      Rule #11: “Even if it’s free, you can always buy it cheaper.”

    • perversatile

      The Water Buffalo & the Scorpion
      It was the rainy season in India and the Ganges River was rising very rapidly, it’s current gaining speed and growing dangerous…
      Trapped on a small hillock was a water buffalo and a scorpion, as the water buffalo began to wade across the water, the scorpion pleaded,
      “Please oh please carry me across the river, for surly I will drown if you don’t!”
      The water buffalo replied,
      ”You are a deadly scorpion, how do I know you will not sting me with your poisonous barb and cause me an agonizing death?”
      “I would never do that,”
      offered the scorpion in a very sincere tone of voice,
      “for if you carried me to safety I would be your friend, and I would never hurt a friend.”
      Somewhat mollified the water buffalo invited the scorpion on to his back and they slowly made it across the rising waters. Upon reaching the steep incline of the river bank, and before the water buffalo could even place one hoof onto dry land, the scorpion reared back and gave his new friend a mighty jab with his poisonous stinger, then daintily stepped from his victim’s crumpled form.
      Short of breath, with a white hot pain spreading through his chest, the water buffalo cries,
      “Oh why? Why would you do me such a foul turn in return for my good deed? Were we not friends?”
      As the water buffalo slippedunderneath the raging torrents, the last thing he heard the scorpion say was,
      “You knew I was a scorpion when I got on your back.”

      This story has existed for over 800 years, told in countless ways, across many countries, almost every single child on this planet, grows up hearing a version of this tale, how can any adult in this day and age not recognize that Trump is the scorpion?

  • Halou

    Have they tried looking for their money in Donald Jr’s legal defense fund?

    Oh, what am I saying, the ethics watchdog of the Trump regime has amended it’s own rules to allow anonymous donations to the accounts of political figures facing legal action.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Trump not paying up, qu’elle surprise. The man is devoid of any integrity, class, honesty, ethics or morals; that anyone is surprised by this speaks to their inability to read or listen to what’s been happening over the years.

    On another note, guess who got their twitter account suspended? Yup, I got nailed for the following….seriously. Talk about hitting a nerve. I’m appealing of course, not that I expect Twitter to be adult about it, but fake Jesus that’s funny.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/df169b0037084315fe602fb3c0f4a25e44bdaaf6fa0cd26c036ca8783517eb89.jpg

    • Halou

      The snowiest snowflake that ever snowed. Maybe next time you should attach a trigger warning?

      https://i.imgur.com/P6XduSJ.gif

      • safari

        In a famous field-specific experiment block creatures were evolved to move across a virtual plane. They had to learn how to walk, roll, tumble, etc to move from their start position. Suddenly something unexpected appeared: a block creature evolved that vibrated really quickly and then *poof* teleported itself in the virtual environment. It had found a bug in the physics simulator.

        • Bad Tom

          Oooooo! That sounds fascinating. Any reference that you recall? I’d love to read up.

          • safari

            To be honest, I’m not sure if it was ever written up. I do know that there is a paper somewhere near publication that may cover it and other examples of evolutionary systems finding their way around researcher’s expectations.

          • Bad Tom

            I’ll keep watch then. Thanks for the info.

    • Joe in PA

      Dang, I’ll miss your outrageously good tweets!

      OT, how is hubby? Sorry if I missed an update…I’ve not been here much.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Just for 12 hours, I’ll be back. As for Esteban, he’s doing great. His speech is pretty much normal and his mild paralysis is gone. That said, he still has a few more weeks of physio and therapy. It’s all looking good. Thanks for asking.

        • Gustav2

          Very good!

        • Todd Allis

          Good to hear!

    • Pip

      Awww, you hurt the broflake’s feelings. He’s such a big man that he had to tattle on you.

      • safari

        I eat broflakes for breakfast.
        (Broflakes, call me)

        • Todd20036

          I REALLY like you!

    • The_Wretched

      *that one* was the problem? RWcucks sure are quick to get uppity.

    • Uncle Mark

      I knew Clay was a boob, but I guess he’s a sensitive boob. (Does that mean he’s pregnant?)

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Bahahahahahahahahahaha

  • OdieDenCO

    $107 million pissed away in donny’s pockets

    • Halou

      Trump has finally achieved his ambition of being a billionaire.

      • Perhaps for now.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        ($107 million + $0) < $ 1 billion, so not quite.

        • Halou

          True, though this isn’t the only scam he’s running.
          Trump blazed through the entire Secret Service budget for 2017 in just six months by visiting his own hotels and golf courses at every opportunity. And there is the emoluments hotel in DC that is making mad profits.

          • Joe in PA

            And it’ll be a pisser (pun intended) if he doesn’t get to spend it, BECAUSE HE’S IN PRISON. Oh please, oh please.

          • Halou

            If I understand correctly, people convicted of fraud or money laundering under RICO laws can be fined more than the amount of money they gained from their crimes. Unlikely as it is that Trump would be prosecuted by a judiciary stacked with pro-Trump sycophants, much less punished appropriately. But it is good to dream.

          • bzrd

            thoughts and prayers

            thought:
            wife #3 has to sell everything in order to survive because all ill gotten gains have been confiscated leaving zero $

            prayer:
            lapdancedarlin’ has new enterprise behind bars fabricating stylish orange prison uniforms for the ex-Resident Nazi, pooday, dooday and the rest of the evil cohort

        • RoFaWh

          C’mon now, haven’t you ever heard the word “approximate” before?

          /s [at D2S]

  • safari

    Is Donald’s legal fund a charity?

    • Halou

      I know that his “buy a life-sized portrait of myself to hang in my bedroom” fund was regarded as a charity, in so much as it used money that people donated in misguided good faith to the Trump Foundation.

    • Reality.Bites

      No, but his hooker fund is on their part.

  • Cuberly

    Insert infamous Maya Angelou quote here.

    • Joe in PA

      Exactly. Boy, that sure gets some mileage these day. Sadly. 🙁

      • Cuberly

        It’s the best way to clear the haze of cognitive dissonance we’re currently engulfed in, because it’s true.

  • greenmanTN

    They’ll be food for worms before they see a dime of that money.

  • Pip

    I’m shocked, totally sho…. You know what. I can’t even pretend to be shocked at this. Anyone who actually though that was going to happen is just stupid.

  • GayOldLady

    I believe I read that Trump never made good on his $1 million dollar donation to the Sandy Relief fund. Trump’s entire reason for running for POTUS was to cash in and that’s exactly what he’s doing by charging the Secret Service to guard him at his golf homes and Trump Tower and charging the Government for the expenses of guests invited to Trump properties on Government business.

  • The_Wretched

    No mystery at all. It went into Trump’s pocket. Just like all the rest of any ‘charity’ he oversees.

  • Gerry Fisher

    [knock, knock] “Umm, excuse me, America. But…you’re being fleeced. Bamboozled. Not sure if you want to do anything about it, but…there you have it.”

  • Alexander Stallwitz

    Is Trump still claiming hes going to donate his salary as president to charities? I think hes just cashing it, its sadly the most honest money he made after all.

    • Reality.Bites

      I have read, although I can’t recall where, but from a reliable news source, that he is actually doing the salary donation.

      • thatotherjean

        And no doubt taking his charitable donation off on his taxes, while raking in dough from charging the government for golf cart rental and housing for the Secret Service when he spends time at his golf course resorts and other properties. We’ll pay to repair Mar-a-Lago, too.

        • canoebum

          He doubled the membership fee at Maralago for $100,000 to $200,000. All he needs is four new members and he makes back the salary donation. No biggie. I’ll bet he got more the a hundred new members as soon as he was inaugurated.

  • Westcoast88

    He’s a con man, he’s a grifter. He is corruption personified. Don’t be surprised by this, America.

  • trouble94114

    The only reason this should even be considered newsworthy would be if there was actually an adult somewhere who actually believed that a single penny of that surplus was going to make it into the Salvation Army’s bucket. And as for any of the folding money, well, while I don’t really know a great deal about opioid addiction, I suppose gullibility might be one of the hallmarks.

  • rednekokie

    Hope they’re not holding their breath for that pittance.

  • Bad Tom

    The latest charity pledge from Trump was to Harvey, right?

    Apparently those folks can just get in line!

  • boobert

    Gee, where did the money go ? lol

    • RoFaWh

      One word: p-o-c-k-e-t-s

      I needn’t say just whose.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    I doubt the money was there to begin with.

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  • cleos_mom

    I’m not sure I’d feel comfortable contributing to a charity whose head beagles actually believed anything Donnie Badrug says.

  • Hunter M

    Yeah, he’s really well known for paying his bills. So the check is in the mail.

  • Marides48

    Don the Con only donates money to his own pockets.