According to Politico.com, Donald Trump is using campaign funds to pay his businesses millions of dollars for products and services.
According to Politico, the campaign is renting offices from Trump at $1.3 million; food and facilities for campaign events at Trump properties billed at $544,000; and $333,000 paid to corporate staffers to pen a convention speech for Melania Trump. Politco says the Donald Trump campaign has been racking up the bills — $8.2 million to be exact.
The Trump campaign’s payments to Trump-owned businesses account for about 7 percent of its $119 million spending total, the analysis found. But it’s important to note the campaign’s payments to Trump-owned businesses are small in comparison to the amount he has invested in his own campaign. Trump has invested $54 million into his campaign.
In a statement of response to the report, the Trump campaign said: “Mr. Trump has largely self-funded his campaign and continues to make significant contributions which far exceed the amounts the campaign is required to pay. The campaign has used known quantities as far as event space, air travel and accommodations, and has fulfilled all FEC requirements throughout the campaign.”