The GOP knows the way to Trump's heart: Through his wallet

Since the start of 2017, Republican entities have spent nearly $1.3 million on events at Trump-owned properties

By Matthew Rozsa

Published August 21, 2017 2:58PM (EDT)

 (Getty/Win McNamee)
(Getty/Win McNamee)

President Donald Trump may be struggling to retain good relations with the Republican Party, but that doesn't mean his businesses haven't been profiting from the fact that he is still their leader.

The Republican National Committee and Trump's campaign committee paid a total of $793,000 to Trump hotels or golf courses since the start of the year, while the Republican Governors Association and a number of congressional campaign and state parties spent an additional $473,000, according to a report by The Washington Post. This adds up to a total of almost $1.3 million spent by GOP entities on Trump properties in 2017.

Among the congressmen whose campaign committees spent money at Trump events, and particularly the Trump International Hotel, are Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California (roughly $11,000), Rep. Jodey Arrington of Texas (roughly $9,700), Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania (roughly $6,000) and Rep. David Valadao of California (roughly $1,744).

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Trump critic Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee have also spent money at Trump properties.

This report comes one week after it was revealed that Trump International Hotel in Washington had earned $1.9 million in the first four months of 2017. It had projected a $2.1 million loss, but among the factors helping the hotel is that it has become a popular meeting spot for members for members of the Republican Party and other right-wing groups.


Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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