Donald Trump has come under fire after it was reported that his inaugural committee spent millions of dollars and no one knew for what. On Friday, it was revealed that the money went straight to Trump’s pockets.
According to ProPublica, who received internal emails and receipts, the inauguration paid the Trump Organization for rooms, meals and event space at the company’s Washington hotel. And it appears that Trump’s adviser and daughter Ivanka Trump is behind all the negotiation.
According to the report, Ivanka “was involved in negotiating the price the hotel charged the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee for venue rentals.”
Ivanka also received emails from the inaugural planner saying that the hotel was overcharging for event space – which meant more money in Trump’s pockets.
This would be a violation of tax law if the Trump hotel overcharged for the event.
“The fact that the inaugural committee did business with the Trump Organization raises huge ethical questions about the potential for undue enrichment,” said Marcus Owens, the former head of the division of the Internal Revenue Service that oversees nonprofits.
Ethics watchdogs and many experts raised the concern that Trump would not be able to distance himself from his business. And it just goes to show that Trump sees the presidency as a business scheme to gain financially.
The entire report can be read HERE.