Tax records show 200 entities funneled money to Trump properties while reaping benefits from White House: NYT

A New York Times analysis of tax records showed that more than 200 companies, special-interest groups and foreign governments have funneled millions of dollars to President Trump’s properties while reaping benefits from the president and his administration.

Nearly a quarter of the entities have not been previously reported.

Sixty patrons who promoted specific interests to the Trump administration spent almost $12 million on expenses associated with the Trump Organization during the first two years of Trump’s presidency. The Times reported nearly all of these customers saw their interests move forward.

The Times noted that the tax records do not include all payments to Trump properties, but additional data is tracked by the town of Palm Beach, Fla., where Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club is located. Organizations that had special interests reported spending $3.3 million on events at the club from 2017 to now.

The records and membership rosters for Mar-a-Lago and Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, N.J., also show how much money his business was making once he sat in the White House.

Being a member of his clubs also allowed leaders to get time with the president and sometimes his support, as he offered ambassadorships to five members and chose others for advisory roles in his administration.

White House spokesperson Judd Deere told The Hill in a statement that the Times report was “just more fake news.”

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Personal experiences often lead to compelling innovations. For Susanne Fortunato, an undiagnosed teenage illness launched her on a career path, and ultimately to founding her own health tech company. Along the way, she learned a lot about the state of technology in healthcare today and the gaps that have yet to be filled. 

In 2004, President George W. Bush launched an effort to spur the development of health information technology, including the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). Over the intervening years, that push has expanded with regulations requiring all healthcare providers in the U.S. to use EHRs for scheduling, documenting, and treating patients. 

The goals behind this effort are laudable – higher patient engagement, a streamlined healthcare experience, cost savings, and improved care outcomes. The results have largely been positive. Multiple care providers can access a shared patient’s charts for more coordinated care, pharmacies receive electronic prescription orders, and approved family members or caretakers can access patient portals to assist loved ones. 

But these systems also come with downsides and areas of murky coverage. Some physicians and staff complain of the stress and inconvenience these obligatory systems can place on teams. Customization and multiple providers across EHRs mean that not all health systems or providers can access records seamlessly, leading to breakdowns in treatment or communication. And patients can be confused by protocols, information, and who has access to their sensitive information. 

Unfortunately, it was this latter reality in which Fortunato found herself. Faced with confusing information, overlapping doctors, and a mysterious illness, she suffered through a three-year odyssey seeking help. She credits a decidedly old-school approach to ultimately solving her health puzzle.  

When her treating physicians and their technology systems proved insufficient, Fortunato created a 3-inch binder filled with all her medical information and records that she lugged

On trips like these, Secret Service agents were there to protect Trump’s children. But, for the Trump family business, their visits also brought a hidden side benefit.

That’s because when Trump’s adult children visited Trump properties, Trump’s company charged the Secret Service for agents to come along. The president’s company billed the U.S. government hundreds, or thousands, of dollars for rooms agents used on each trip, as the agency sometimes booked multiple rooms or a multiroom rental cottage on the property

In this way, Trump’s adult children and their families have caused the U.S. government to spend at least $238,000 at Trump properties so far, according to Secret Service records obtained by The Washington Post.

Government ethics experts say that nothing is wrong with Trump’s children seeking protection from the Secret Service.

But, they said, the Trump Organization’s decision to charge for the agents’ rooms created a situation in which — just by traveling — Trump’s children could bring taxpayer money to their family’s business.

That, ethics experts said, could create the appearance that Trump family members were exploiting their publicly funded protection for private financial gain.

“Morally speaking, do they want to profit [from the fact] that their father’s in the White House?” said Scott Amey, of the watchdog group Project on Government Oversight. “They could very easily reimburse those expenses, so the federal government and the taxpayer are not on the hook for that tab.”

The Secret Service and the White House declined to comment for this article, as did Ivanka Trump — the president’s eldest daughter, who left the Trump Organization to work in government. The president’s other adult children — Eric, Donald Jr. and Tiffany — did not respond to requests for comment.

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Nearly a nearly a quarter of the entities have not been previously reported.

Sixty patrons, who promoted specific interests to the Trump administration, spent almost $12 million on expenses associated with the Trump Organization during the first two years of Trump’s presidency. The Times reported nearly all of these customers saw their interests move forward. 

In interviews with almost 250 business executives, club members, lobbyists, Trump property employees and current administration officials, sources detailed to Times how Trump conducted business and interacted with customers who were seeking help from the administration.

The newspaper also used Trump’s tax-return data, lobbying disclosures, Freedom of Information Act requests and other public records to construct a database of groups, companies and governments that had business before the administration and spent money on Trump properties.

The Trump Organization’s customers included foreign politicians, Florida barons, a Chinese billionaire, a Serbian prince, clean-energy advocates, petroleum industry leaders, small government advocates and contractors. The newspaper noted that some of the president’s customers did not see their interests fully fulfilled but noted “whether they won or lost, Mr. Trump benefited financially.”

More than 70 advocacy groups, businesses and foreign governments held events at Trump Organization properties that previously were at different locations or developed new events to be hosted at the properties. Religious organizations also participated by throwing prayer meetings, banquets and tours on Trump properties.

At least two dozen


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Kanye West disclosed his personal finances as a result of his bid for presidency of the United States

Kanye West disclosed his finances as part of his presidential bid in early October. The 43-year-old rapper announced his bid for presidency of the United States via Twitter on July 4. He tweeted, “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION.”

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West’s financial disclosures – obtained by Insider – value three of his corporations at more than $50 million each, including Yeezy LLC, Yeezy Apparel LLC, and Yeezy Footwear LLC. While he willingly released his finances, West opted from releasing wife Kim Kardashian’s disclosures due to “unusual circumstances.” Presidential candidates are normally required to release spousal information. “West’s omission is highly unusual,” a former top government ethics official told Insider.

The presidential candidate did disclose the values of his various corporate partnerships. The disclosures state that his financial relationship with Adidas is worth between $25 million and $50 million; and his financial relationship with Nike is worth between $5 million and $25 million. He additionally noted a $5 million excess income from the last year from eight various entities, including music, clothing, and marketing.

Even though West has claimed that he’s worth $5 billion, he still has financial liabilities. The rapper disclosed that he had between $25 million to $100 million in debt, mostly from mortgages. Both President Donald Trump and presidential nominee Joe Biden disclosed their mandatory personal finance statements earlier this year.


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