House Minority Leader’s spending at Trump’s properties increased 32,000 percent after Nov. 8, 2016
On Tuesday, when asked if the U.S. government should be spending money at President Trump’s businesses, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R–CA) defended the practice:
The president’s resorts are hotels that he owns. If people are traveling, it’s just like any other hotel. I know people will look at it. I don’t know that that’s different than anything else.
Is it different than if I go and stay or eat at a Marriott here or eat at the Trump? The president isn’t asking me to. He’s competing in a private enterprise. It’s nothing, something that he controls in that process.
So let’s see how Trump has performed competing for McCarthy’s business in that private enterprise.
During McCarthy’s 10 years in Congress before Trump won the 2016 election, McCarthy’s campaign, leadership PAC, and joint fundraising committees reported spending $743.93 at Trump’s businesses, per the FEC. So, based on McCarthy’s comments Tuesday, before Nov. 8, 2016, Trump Hotels were not good.
Since Trump was elected president, however, McCarthy’s campaign, leadership PAC, and joint fundraising committees have spent a combined $245,884.44 at Trump properties—an increase of almost 33,000 percent. So, based on McCarthy’s comments Tuesday, after Nov. 8, 2016, Trump Hotels (and Trump’s golf courses and Trump’s restaurants) became very good.
[UPDATE Feb 8, 2020, 5:45 p.m. Yes, the Trump Hotel D.C. did not open until a few weeks before Trump’s election. McCarthy, however, is a prolific fundraiser, regularly crisscrossing the country. So there was ample opportunity for his campaign apparatus to spend spend money at other Trump businesses. With the exceotion of one $743.93 charge, it did not do so.]
For all you visual learners, here’s Kevin McCarthy’s pre- and post-2016 election spending at Trump properties (your correspondent fiddled with the scale for quite some time in hopes of getting McCarthy’s before-Trump’s-election spending to be visible, but alas).
Also, please keep in mind that the pre-Trump $743.93 was spent over a 10-year period, while the $245,884.44 was disbursed in less than three years.
For this analysis, 1100 Pennsylvania reviewed FEC data submitted by
McCarthy’s campaign, Kevin McCarthy for Congress
McCarthy’s personal leadership PAC, Majority Committee PAC—MC PAC
nine joint fundraising committees associated with McCarthy that 1100 Pennsylvania was able to find via searches on the FEC website, OpenSecrets.org, and Google (McCarthy Victory Fund, Protect the House, Take Back the House 2020, McCarthy–Westmorland Joint Committee, Ryan–McCarthy Victory, California Victory 2018, the Four Amigos Joint Committee, Californians for a House Majority, Young Guns Majority Victory Fund)
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Transportation committee pushed GSA for more details on hotel lease
On Tuesday, Transportation committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D–OR) and Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management subcommittee Chair Dina Titus (D–NV) asked General Services Administrator Emily Murphy “to comply with their records requests, pointing out that the Trump Old Post Office, LLC’s suggestion that the committee’s request lacks legislative purpose is simply not valid.”
From the press release:
In their letter to Administrator Murphy, Chairs DeFazio and Titus wrote: “The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has a clear oversight duty to examine the management of your agency, its programs, projects and leases. We can see no legitimate rationale for any claim that the Old Post Office lease should fall into a special category and be excluded from appropriate Congressional oversight and review.” The Members continued: “We expect that GSA will fulfill its obligation to the U.S. Congress, our Committee and the public by providing the totality of the information we have sought.”
Chairs DeFazio and Titus also questioned why GSA was taking legal guidance from the Trump Old Post Office, LLC’s attorney, who has attempted to misconstrue Congress’ oversight authority and thwart the Committee’s investigation into Constitutional Clauses and apparent conflicts of interest.
Read the lawmakers’ letter on the committees website.
A glimpse of the foreign officials, government employees, politicians, lobbyists, and the like who patronize or appear at Trump businesses. Most people shown here have reasons to want to influence the Trump administration, rely on its good graces for their livelihoods, or should be providing oversight. Additionally, high-profile guests serve as draws for paying customers.
The public relations manager for TV booking firm Young Voices, Stephen Kent, “Decided to drop into Trump Hotel and boy did I pick a good night. It was apparently ‘second Tuesday’ where campaign, administration and grassroots leaders all on a mailing list get together and take over the bar. It was something. A few senators, a governor or two, Trump’s campaign manager and a few advisors.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R–TX) returned to the D.C. hotel owned by the head of the executive branch.
The associate general counsel and managing director at Bank of America, Lani Quarmby, relaxed over tea.
Ximena Barreto, a former Trump political appointee in the Department of Health and Human Services who resigned after CNN and Media Matters reported she’d “spread conspiracies and made anti-Muslim comments,” posed in the hotel’s lobby with Nick Loeb, an actor in the movie “Roe v. Wade.”
Guests at self-proclaimed prophet Lance Wallnau’s extreme dream trip at the Trump Hotel D.C. two weeks ago proudly posed with the hotel owner’s campaign slogan.
An intern for Sen. Tim Scott (R–SC), Benjamin Moulton, shared a photo from the hotel. Also present: member engagement intern for the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Michael Martin.
Former Breitbart London editor-in-chief and current associate of Nigel Farage and Steve Bannon, Raheem Kassam; political consultant, Fox News pundit, and Trump campaign advisor Harlan Hill; and A.P. Nehring a founding partner of the “digitally driven government relations and public affairs firm” Fourth Street Advocacy reviewed their squad goals.
Proud Boy and Roger Stone support Luke Rohlfing, a contributor to Big League Politics, tried to stick it to Mother Jones.
The president’s D.C. hotel hosted a Q Rally Eve gathering.
Christianné Allen, the founder of Constitutional Millenials, a contributor to the Daily Caller, and a Turning Point USA ambassador, posed with the Super Bowl trophy.
GOP commentator Paris Dennard, whom CNN suspended after The Washington Post reported he’d been fired from a previous job for alleged sexual harassment, praised the president’s hotel’s housekeeping team.
Other Trump Organization news
“Judiciary Committee Democrats privately map out possible impeachment articles against Trump” by Rachel Bade for The Washington Post
“Michael Cohen has signed a ‘proffer agreement’ with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, agreeing to cooperate in their investigation of the Trump Organization” by Chris Matthews for MSNBC’s Hardball
“Democrats keep their Trump tax whistleblower a secret for now” by Arthur Delaney for Huff Post
On Aug. 27, Deutsche Bank stated in court that it possesses some tax returns for Trump’s businesses, but the actual entities were redacted in the letter made public. Yesterday, five media organizations filed a motion with the court asking it to unseal the names currently redacted.
President Trump said he’ll release some sort of financial information reported Michael C. Bender of The Wall Street Journal
“A nonprofit paid to rent Trump’s D.C. hotel ballrooms. Its headliners: Pence and Pompeo” by David A. Fahrenthold of The Washington Post
“A mystery $325,000 to a pro-Trump super PAC confounds experts” by Josh Kovensky for TPM
Ric Grennell is a Trump Hotels gold card member (according to David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post). Grennell’s now on the shortlist to become National Security Advisor (per Michael C. Bender and Vivian Salama for The Wall Street Journal).
“Chinese businesswoman found guilty of lying to gain access to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago” by Minyvonne Burke, Xuan Thai, and Associated Press for NBC News
The starting price for a one-bedroom setup in the Trump Hotel D.C.’s presidential suite is $15,000 per night, according to the hotel’s managing director, Mickael Damelincourt (at the 5:19 mark). A two-bedroom configuration begins at $17,500 while all three rooms costs $20,000. Additionally, the U.S. president’s hotel charges $6,000 for a half ounce of Macallan’s 50-year-old scotch.
“U.S. military fuel deal with Prestwick ‘kicked into long grass’ over Trump investigation” by Martyn McLaughlin for The Scotsman
“When your commander in chief is also providing your hotel room” by David D. Kirkpatrick and Eric Lipton for The New York Times
A Bob Jones University graduate who heads the North Carolina-based H.O.P.E. Ministries International, Dave Kistler “said he takes people to Trump’s hotel in Washington, D.C. so they can see the ‘multiplicity of ethnicities’ that work for Trump and love him,” reported Peter Montgomery of Right Wing Watch.
“On 9/11, Trump pointed out he now had the tallest building in Lower Manhattan. He didn’t.” by Phillip Bump for The Washington Post
“Trump International Hotel and Tower to keep ‘Trump,’ lose ‘Tower’” by Lois Weiss for The New York Post
“New Jersey man charged with doing ‘doughnuts’ on the greens at Trump’s Bedminster course” by David A. Fahrenthold for The Washington Post
The Trump Hotel D.C. re-did its 9/11 tweet after using the hashtag “#Pentagon,” which is associated with a Korean boy band of that name.
Each issue of 1100 Pennsylvania reports on new updates in the House investigations, lawsuits, and health inspections regarding the Trump Hotel D.C. For a rundown of the earlier developments in each one, as well as reference sheets for some of 1100 Pennsylvania’s previous reporting, please see these paid-subscriber-only fact sheets.
House investigations (latest change Sept. 12 2019)
Lawsuits (latest change Sept. 6, 2019)
Breakdown of judges’ rulings by political party of presidents who nominated them in emoluments, unfair competition, and House committee investigations lawsuits (latest change Sept. 5, 2019)
Trump cabinet members spotted at the Trump Hotel D.C.: 24 of 32 (latest change Sept. 3, 2019)
U.S. Senators who’ve supported the Trump Hotel D.C. either by appearing there or by heading campaigns or committees that have spent money there : 26 of 53 Republicans, one Democrat (latest change Aug. 1, 2019)
House Oversight members who’ve supported the Trump Hotel D.C.: Six of 17 Republicans, no Democrats (latest change Sept. 3, 2019)
Health inspections (latest change June 14, 2019)
Rudy Giuliani at the Trump Hotel D.C: A retrospective (published April 30, 2019)
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