Pro-Trump Super PAC owes hotel $40k
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Women Vote Smart owes hotel $40k
In October 2018, Super PAC Women Vote Smart hosted the Women for America First Summit at the hotel, with Lara Trump, Katrina Pierson, Jeanine Pirro, and Sebastian Gorka headlining. As Pro Publica’s Derek Willis first reported yesterday, Women Vote Smart still owes the hotel $40,000 for the event.
The treasurer for Women Vote Smart, prominent Tea Party activist and early Trump supporter Amy Kremer, has not yet responded to a message sent through her website asking why its bill is unpaid and what her plans are for paying it off (and an email sent to the address on her website bounced back). Last month though Kremer told MSNBC, “Now, you’ve got witches that are placing a hex on [Supreme Court Justice] Brett Kavanaugh.” So don’t rule out the occult here too.
“At Trump’s hotel, spiritual warriors pray for the president in his ‘darkest hour’” by Jack Jenkins for the Religious News Service gets into a “peculiar subgroup of faith-fueled Trump support.” That’s backing not just for his administration, but also for Trump’s businesses.
Deplatformed Alex Jones popped up on Twitter from the Trump Hotel D.C.’s lobby (apparently with a bottle of Trump water in his hand, which ostensibly does not turn frogs gay). He’s posing with Derek Utley, the chairman of X Strategies, LLC an “advisor to political figures, media personalities and various organizations.”
Shortly before Jon Voight appeared at the White House, D.C. celebrity spotter Marky Mark (not to be confused with actual celebrity Marky Mark) witnessed the actor checking out of the president’s hotel. And as the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold pointed out, Voigt will be the guest of honor for the “Trumpettes USA” bash at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in February.
Per Politico, after getting engaged in the White House, Vice President Mike Pence’s personal aide Zach Bauer and Pence’s director of scheduling Meghan Patenaude celebrated with their families at the Trump Hotel D.C. It marks at least the second time someone close to Pence celebrated his new engagement at the hotel: in September 2018, Pence’s nephew/senior adviser for the Trump 2020 re-election campaign, John Pence (and Kellyanne Conway's cousin/White House aide, Giovanna Coia), did likewise.
Breitbart writer Adelle Malka Nazarian had sweet dreams at the hotel. #literally
Texas Observer reporter Justin Miller found a photo of Texas GOP activist/declared white nationalist Ray Myers, Texas state Sen. Bob Hall (R), and the Kaufman county GOP chair dining together before heading out for the White House Christmas tour. For more context, read Miller’s “Texas GOP Chair: Racism and Bigotry are an ‘Extreme Exception’ in the Party.”
And Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman notes that senior policy advisor Stephen Miller was among the West Wing staffers who headed to the hotel after a White House dinner Friday night (see yesterday’s 1100 Pennsylvania for a rundown of the other administration officials who after-partied at their boss’s hotel).
Legal cases, current status (latest change: Dec. 10, 2018)
DC and MD attorneys general’s emoluments lawsuit—Discovery started Dec. 3 and is scheduled to run through Aug. 2, 2019. So far the AGs have subpoenaed the Trump Organization; the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, and Treasury and the GSA; and the state of Maine. On Nov. 30, Trump’s Justice Department attorneys asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for a stay.
196 Democratic senators and representatives’ emoluments lawsuit—On Sept. 28 judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled that the legislators have standing to sue. Trump’s Justice Department attorneys filed an interlocutory appeal on Oct. 22.
UPDATE: Cork’s unfair competition lawsuit—Judge Richard J. Leon dismissed the case on Nov. 26, writing “Cork has failed to state a claim for unfair competition under D.C. law.” On Dec. 10, Cork’s attorneys filed a notice of appeal.
Employees’ class-action suit alleging racial discrimination—A status hearing on arbitration is scheduled for Jan. 25, 2019.
Days the hotel’s steakhouse, BLT Prime, has been out of compliance with the D.C. health code
One thing that has nothing to do with Trump’s businesses (I think, tough to tell sometimes!)
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