(NewsGlobal.com)- After the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump continued to solicit donations from his supporters. Meanwhile, his businesses kept billing his political organizations for the products and services they provided. According to an analysis of the most recent federal records, the former president successfully turned nearly $1.3 million in donor funds into company income since he lost the 2020 election.
Much of the funding came through Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., his official campaign committee, in the months immediately following the election. The committee paid Trump Tower Commercial LLC, the business through which the former president owns space inside Trump Tower, $38,000 in rent on December 1, 2020. Another $38,000 in rent was sent from the campaign committee to the same LLC fifteen days later. The group also paid Trump Restaurants LLC $3,000 at the same time. A study of papers his business gave to federal and local authorities when he was president reveals he owns 100% of that organization. Between the election and 2020, Trump’s campaign donated $113,000.
Trump’s campaign didn’t disband in the new year. He changed names and called it Make America Great Again PAC. This PAC gave $8,000 to the Trump Hotel Collection before the end of January 2021. The group donated $38,000 each month to Trump Tower Commercial LLC and $3,000 to Trump Restaurants LLC, which the campaign had previously paid. Given that the election was in 2020, it’s unclear why MAGA PAC had to pay rent in 2021. The Make America Great Again PAC gave Trump’s businesses $526,000 by February 2022, FEC filings show.
Other Trump political groups spent lavishly at his hotels, while his campaign committee and rebranding offshoot paid high rent. Nine days after the election, the Trump Hotel Collection got $294,000. Trump Victory collected money for Trump and state Republican groups. Trump Victory spent more than $300,000 between the election and February 2021.
A Trump-Lindsey Graham fundraising committee paid $22,000 to Trump properties in June 2021. Six months later, another fundraising committee paid $34,000 to Mar-a-Lago.
The Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol has noted Save America’s efforts. Despite the committee’s accusations, the former president encouraged supporters to donate to the Official Election Defense Fund. Most of the money went to Save America, contributing little to Trump’s firm.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren said, “There was the Big Lie and the Big Scam.”