The New York Times reports:
The event had all the trappings of a typical high-end fund-raiser: a giant American flag, a lectern, chandeliers and an open bar. Frank Stallone’s band provided the music; an anti-Biden “Let’s Go Brandon” banner hung from the rafters.
But the money raised did not go to Mr. Trump’s political operation. Instead, Mr. Trump’s share of the evening’s proceeds went straight into his pocket, according to a person familiar with the arrangement.
Multiple attendees said they bought their tickets from a private company, Whip Fundraising, whose founder, Brad Keltner, has asserted that “the lion’s share” went to charity. But the website advertising the event listed no charitable cause. And Mr. Keltner, reached by phone, declined to discuss how money was distributed.
Read the full article. The piece is quite the deep dive into Trump’s many latest scams.
Among Trump’s activities:
— Spending PAC funds at Trump properties
— 7-figure advance for picture book
— O’Reilly tour
— Renting 2020 campaign list to sell Trump merch via LLC
— Plus: An unusual Xmas party in Napleshttps://t.co/j2OYe2rpYm
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) February 12, 2022
Donald Trump has undertaken a wide-ranging set of moneymaking ventures since leaving office that trade on his political fame and blur the lines between his political ambitions and his business interests, much as he did while in the White House. https://t.co/afmPkYRuX7
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 12, 2022