Donald Trump has left a trail of broken small contractors in his wake. Yet, the great listing Trump ship of state apparently feels no pain, no sorrow, no empathy for the loss of generations-long businesses. The cities where he holds his rallies are left with expensive bills for the services necessary for POTUS’ arrival. This is his latest rip-off.
Washington D.C. Attorney General (AG) Karl A. Racine sued the president’s inaugural committee and business Wednesday. He claimed in the civil lawsuit that Trump’s nonprofit violated its status by spending money on a political event. The AG claimed the president spent more than $1 million for a ballroom at his Washington hotel. This was the one located in D.C.’s former main post office. The suit claimed that the staff was aware of Trump’s overpricing.
Right before Trump’s presidential inauguration, the committee held the ballroom for the tidy sum of $175,000 per day. Add onto that a bill for over $300,000 in food and beverages. The Trumps did this over the event planner’s opposition.
The purpose of the committee was to organize the president’s inaugural activities. However, Racine claimed that it did not. Instead, the committee “violated District law” by overcharging, according to The Washington Post:
‘[He] abandoned this purpose and violated District law when it wasted approximately $1 million of charitable funds in overpayment for the use of event space at the Trump hotel.’ These charges were unreasonable and improperly served to enrich [Trump’s business].’
Attorney for the committee and a Trump Organization spokesperson Thomas Barrack Jr. indicated:
‘[The] inauguration [and] 20 related events] were executed in elegance and seamless excellence without incident or interruption, befitting the legacy and tradition that has preceded us.’
Racine argued that the committee found the “waste of the committee’s funds” was illegal:
‘[The committee’s commitment] to further the common good and welfare [of American citizens] by supporting the activities surrounding the 2017 Presidential inauguration.’
Racine claimed Trump and first daughter Ivanka should have known about the over-charges. The AG based this upon the documents he subpoenaed from “the committee and the Trump Organization.”
The Washington law read that nonprofits should not generate profits for “private individuals.” In Racine’s civil suit, he requested an order from the city’s Superior Court. He wanted the court to force Trump to refund the money and donate it to charities that were “promoting civic engagement.”
An attorney for the committee and a Trump Organization spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment. However, in response to previous inquiries about committee spending, its chairman Thomas J. Barrack Jr., issued a statement saying that the inauguration and the more than 20 related events were not appropriate usages of the nonprofit’s funds.
The civil suit pointed to the four-day booking by the committee. Racine claimed the deal was to financially benefit Trump and his family for intentionally wasting “the nonprofit’s resources.”
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