Donald Trump loves to stand on stages across America and tell his flock of imbeciles that he “self-funds” his campaign. The Republican nominee is still saying this even though his campaign finance disclosures have proven that there is more money going to his family and businesses than from them – but it gets worse. According to new reports, Trump has quintupled the rent on the space holding his campaign headquarters now that he has millions of dollars of contributions rolling in.
From the time Trump threw his hat into the presidential race through the end of May of this year the Republican was paying Trump Tower Commercial LLC $35,458 per month for the space that holds his campaign headquarters in Manhattan. However, in July the rent for the offices suddenly rose to $168,758. In June the candidate charged his campaign $110, 684 for rent and in May it was $72,800. This summer, Trump’s campaign began going after donor money in a big way. Hardly a coincidence, surely
When the Trump Campaign was asked about the increase in rent, they claimed that the increase was due to their operation expanding its headquarters. That, however, makes very little sense because they have fewer employees now than they did when he was paying his own rent. In March (when he was “self-funding” his own campaign), Trump had 197 paid employees and consultants but in July he had just 172. Why would they need an expanded space when they have fewer employees? Hmmmmm…
By comparison, Hillary Clinton is paying $212,000 per month for the rent for her headquarters but her staff is four times larger than Trump’s at more than 700 people. And it’s not owned by Clinton. Unlike Trump, she’s not cutting a check to herself.
A member of the Republican National Committee who asked to remain anonymous when speaking to the Huffington Post was appalled by the rent revelations:
“If I was a donor, I’d want answers. If they don’t have any more staff, and they’re paying five times more? That’s the kind of stuff I’d read and try to an (attack) ad out of it.”
It has become very clear in recent months that Donald Trump is using his campaign to pad his own bank account but this is the most outrageous example of that yet. He is taking the small donations his “poorly educated,” blue-collar supporters are sending him and instead of using it to attack his opponent, he is paying himself rent.
Could you imagine the shitstorm that would take place if Hillary Clinton did that? Hell, she can’t even buy clothes without being attacked. This is just further proof of the right’s breathtaking hypocrisy.
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