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(171,270 posts)
Wed May 1, 2019, 08:00 AM May 2019

Emails Show How Taxpayers Pay at Mar-a-Lago


Emails Show How Taxpayers Pay at Mar-a-Lago
May 1, 2019 at 7:19 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

ProPublica: “The bill was sent to the State Department, which objected to covering it. It was then forwarded to the White House, which paid the tab. The unusual cocktail hour underscores a unique push and pull in the current administration: Donald Trump’s White House pays a bill and Donald Trump’s club reaps the revenue.”

“The premium liquor costs are only the beginning of government spending at Mar-a-Lago that emerges in hundreds of pages of receipts and email correspondence between Trump Organization employees and staffers for the State Department, which oversees presidential diplomatic travel and works with the Secret Service and White House. The emails show that the president’s company refused to agree to what was essentially a bulk-purchase agreement with the federal government, and that it charged the maximum allowable federal rate for hotel rooms. The Trump Organization could be obstinate when it came to rates for, say, function rooms at Mar-a-Lago, a problem that was eased when the president signed a law lifting the maximum ‘micro-purchase’ the government can make.

How Taxpayers Covered a $1,000 Liquor Bill for Trump Staffers (and More) at Trump’s Club
A top-shelf, closed-door drinking session. $546-a-night hotel rooms. A special government credit card for Mar-a-Lago. Taxpayers foot the costs — and the president profits.
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(50,501 posts)
1. We're witnessing the crowning grift of the Trump existence on this planet.
Wed May 1, 2019, 08:03 AM
May 2019

The loot in the treasury seems endless to Don and his staff lemmings. Meanwhile, Grandma hits the food pantry every week to survive.



(4,341 posts)
9. If you study what happened in Venezuela and is happening here now, you will be shocked
Wed May 1, 2019, 10:16 AM
May 2019

at the similarities in the corruption of both regimes.

This is typical of Banana Republics, it is the same business model...This is slowly but surely, becoming a kleptocracy, and those repubs who are leaking the buffoon's balls are ripping monetary benefits as well, the FBI must investigate.

For one, the government should not be permitted to spend any money in the buffoon's properties, it is a conflict of interest. There are so many places where government officials can host events, why are they allowed to use the buffoon's properties?


(13,329 posts)
3. Great info here for use in the Presidential campaign. Small details everyone can understand,
Wed May 1, 2019, 08:16 AM
May 2019

adding up to a big picture of Trump corruption.


(5,565 posts)
4. When I was in the Navy, 8 of us shared one motel room while on TAD.
Wed May 1, 2019, 08:19 AM
May 2019

That was what our expenses covered. It was 2 weeks.


(5,757 posts)
6. every travel voucher i submitted was examined microscopically
Wed May 1, 2019, 08:33 AM
May 2019

we had maximum per diem that would certainly not cover room and meals at mar a lago. trump being the payee makes the entire scam criminal.



(428 posts)
7. Whoever our nominee is better use things like this relentlessly in ads....
Wed May 1, 2019, 08:44 AM
May 2019

There is no shortage of material out there to be used in ads, we just need to make sure whoever our nominee is does not have advisers who tell them they need to take the high road or not attack or whatever.

We cannot get by with gauzy, feel good puff piece ads for our candidate. Those are all well and good, and we definitely need good policies, but if anyone thinks we are going to win by that alone and not by hitting things like this over and over and over again, then we are going to be in for a rude awakening.

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