Donald Trump is a walking, talking, preening lie machine, and perhaps the biggest of all the lies he’s told over the past year since he entered the race is this one:
“I’m self-funding my campaign.”
He isn’t and never has. Come to think of it, he never will, either. Trump has been begging for donations since he declared he was a candidate. Just last month he raised over $35 million to be used for the sole purpose of his fading campaign. But when you look at how the money is being spent, you soon see that Trump is taking donations so he can pay himself as much as is legally allowed.
Case in point: Trump recently quintupled the rent he is charging the campaign for the use of Trump Tower as the official campaign headquarters. Now he’s demanding nearly $170,000 a month in reimbursement for the use of a building that has his name on it. That’s kind of like raising money for a charity and then using it to build a pool with jacuzzi in your backyard. Because hey, you’ve earned it!
A prominent member of the Republican National Committee (RNC) commented:
“If I was a donor, I’d want answers. That’s the kind of stuff I’d read and try to make an (attack) ad out of.”
Trump is also paid several of his golf courses and restaurants at least $260,000 since May of this year.
It should be noted that in May, the rent payment for Trump Tower was $72,800. That jumped to $110,684 in June and then rose to $169,758 on July 10.
The campaign is also being billed for the use of Trump’s private jet, which burns $10,000 in fuel an hour. In July alone, Trump billed the campaign $495,000 for his travel on the plane.
Asked for comment, the Trump camp released a statement which read:
“Mr. Trump makes a personal contribution of $2 million per month to the campaign, obviously a much higher amount than rent.”
Translation: Mr. Trump’s only doing a little bit of grifting. As big a con man as he is, he could be doing so much more.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org