How Trump's inaugural committee spent the record $107 million worth of donations to celebrate his election

How Trump's inaugural committee spent the record $107 million worth of donations to celebrate his election

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  • President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee raised the most of any previous administration: a whopping $107 million. For comparison, President Barack Obama’s inaugural committee raised $53 million.
  • Nearly two years after Trump was sworn in, a new report from The New York Times details how some of that money was spent.
  • That’s not the only scrutiny the committee is facing. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan and Brooklyn, are looking into whether there were any illegal foreign donations to the committee.
  • Here were the most surprising expenditures from the Trump inauguration committee, according to The Times’ report.

President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee raised the most of any newly elected president: a whopping $107 million. For comparison, President Barack Obama’s inaugural committee raised $53 million.

Nearly two years after Trump was sworn in, a new report from The New York Times details how some of that money was spent. That’s not the only scrutiny the committee is facing. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan and Brooklyn, are looking into whether there were any illegal foreign donations to the committee.

The Times notes, however, that a presidential inaugural committee can “for the most part” spend the money raised on what it likes. Despite this, Trump’s spending surprised past planners for both Obama and former President George W. Bush. The newspaper describes the bulk of the spending as “mundane” — mostly going to hotels, vendors, and payroll, and $5 million to charity

Here are the most interesting expenditures from Trump’s inauguration:

Published at Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:41:42 +0000

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