Take the money and run

The Dictionary defines “Grifter” as “Someone named Donald Trump.” It’s been a few years since I actually looked at a Webster’s, but I’m pretty sure that still holds as a definition—at least since the 1970s. Forbes has a new story about Trump and how he moved millions of dollars from his reelection campaign into his personal account and the Trump Organization. In fact, he was even moving money out of the campaign and into those accounts after he lost the election to Joe Biden.

That donor money has to go somewhere, so it might as well go right into Trump’s own till, right? On top of this, according to the report, Trump’s “joint-fundraising committees,” the ones that partner with the Republican Party, also moved “about $4.3 million of donor money into Trump’s business from January 20, 2017 to December 31, 2020—at least $331,000 of which came after the election.” Stay classy. This accounting compliments a Washington Post story from after the election that detailed how much money the Trump campaign was fundraising on the promise of paying for ballot recounts, while not spending any of that donor money on recounts. 

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