by Countable | 6.28.17
The Trump family business is getting paid to host a fundraiser featuring President Trump to benefit President Trump’s campaign and the political party that President Trump represents in the White House.
Having trouble following? Wednesday night the president is offering remarks at a joint campaign and Republican National Committee fundraiser for his own re-election at his own hotel in Washington, D.C.. Tickets are $35,000 per head. For $100,000 an attendee can become a member of the dinner’s host committee.
It’s understandable if this makes you think of the handful of lawsuits currently pending that allege President Trump is violating the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Emoluments Clause states that the president is not to receive gifts or payments from foreign governments. But even critics acknowledge that’s not the issue in this case.
It does, however, raise serious conflict of interest questions with ethics experts. Kathleen Clark, a former ethics lawyer for the District of Columbia, tells the Associated Press that hosting the event is a "bold example of self-dealing that deeply concerns some Americans."
President Trump filed his re-election paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Inauguration Day, earlier than any previous candidate. The Trump campaign has already made $7 million from small donors and sales of merchandise, like his Make America Great Again baseball caps.
Last week Trump texted a message to his followers, encouraging them to participate in a drawing to attend tonight’s big ticket fundraiser:
"Do not worry about a thing. We will fly you to DC, we will take a picture together, and you will stay at a beautiful hotel. BIG LEAGUE."
President Trump is hardly the first politician, nor the first president, to benefit financially from his time in office. Most others, though, have waited until they weren’t actually in office anymore
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I no longer have words to describe what I'm feeling. This Cheeto faced man is literally the definition of corruption
I would like to hear my Texas senators and congressman Poe speak out against this flagrant abuse. If they don't, they are complicit in this thievery.
This has got to be illegal. I cannot even begin to describe how unethical this is and it is your duty as our representatives to speak out.
Nice to see that the admin is just as crooked and horrible as they claimed everyone else was during his campaign trail. I'm sorry but I can't take any more respecting the opposite side. If you voted for Trump you are an idiot and were totally 100% duped by his "Drain the Swamp" and "Make America Great Again" thin air promises.
The Emoluments clause violation... AGAIN...how MANY times does this and other similar action need to take place BEFORE Congress does something???
It's time to impeach Trump for conflict of interest. He is using his office to gain personal wealth. Why is this being tolerated? He can't be trusted to put the American people first.
What made America different from other nations with indelicate corruption? We had a constitution and laws and we prosecuted. Now, we sink to the levels of the mot corrupt nations. Why? Because we elected someone not qualified for President in terms of interest of and for America and Americans. We have a rubber stamp "Yes man" team around him and we have few willing to stand and prosecute or complain lest they lose their funnels of money. We are no better than the most corrupt nations if we don't halt this egregious situation. A bill in Congress stating no foreigners, no corporations, no one doing business with the Trump Administration would halt this situation. Does the Congress have the guts to set the law in motion? I would like to think they care about the Constitution they so advocate. Care about our country. Will you Congress?
Count me in as a registered voter who wants to know why the hell the country's most important public servant is using his name to make more money for his name brand?? How long will Congress look a blind eye at this issue when one of their jobs is to provide checks and balances? If this were a democratic president you would be howling for jail time after impeachment. The hypocrisy of Republican officials is disgusting!
The president of the United States has been stealing from the American public from day one. No one is doing anything about it. Is this the new America?
We have to keep the fight up on multiple fronts. The corruption of this administration stinks to high heaven. Shine a light on this darkness.
The Trump family business is getting paid to host a fundraiser featuring President Trump to benefit President Trump’s campaign and the political party that President Trump represents in the White House. Can we get any more corrupt?
If you can support someone who is so obviously lining their own pockets and damaging our republic, I cannot support you. Maybe when you lose your position and have to deal with the BS you are giving your constituents, you will understand how completely F-ed up all this is.
If this isn't already illegal, perhaps a new bill should be proposed to make it so. This is tv level scandalous, and is not the proper behavior of a POTUS.
Oligarchy. Welcome to the US where if you have enough money, laws don't apply to you. While they pay thousands for one dinner, millions are terrified that they can't afford a doctor's appointment. Bravo.
Please tell me that this is not true. Every day brings a new reason to resist. Honestly!
This is the worst president in my lifetime and I have seen quite a few. The country was so polarized prior to the election that you were either for this fool or against. There was no talking to people about his lies and corruption and his offensive campaign. It was so easy to see what was going to happen as the RNC would not support him until he had a meeting with them and they were all behind him. He obviously told them that he would give them everything they wanted which is what he has done. Enrich the rich and screw over the rest of us. This party has no conscience and they are anarchists who are destroying everything that did make America great. I can't believe I donned a uniform for what is going on with us today though our country has survived many things in our quest for being a country with morals and values. Get rid of this fool before he drags us into war and destruction.
I want to hear my elected representatives in Texas speak out against this. I know this doesn't sit well with congressmen Green but I'd like to see Mr Cruz and Mr Cornyn have some ethics and some guts and speak out here.
Notice how we don't see any conservatives in this feed defending him.
Trump would like us to make his corrupt behavior normal. Although there are many days I have a fierce fight in me & other days depressed I always have faith in our country. There are those few like Mueller & many of the team he's hiring are true patriots. Trump will not take my hope or faith I refuse that ugly human being inside & out!
Unethical, and unacceptable. 2018 is coming. Republicans in congress get your resumes ready. I would encourage every participating citizen on countable to reach out with your friends and forums to advertise 'countable'. Help others understand we can hold our congress accountable for their performance and inaction to enforce the constitution. This is not a red or blue bias. We the people can hold our elected officials properly accountable.