Trump Million-Dollar Post-Inauguration Bash Draws Attention


Trump Million-Dollar Post-Inauguration Bash Draws Attention

In a twist that would seem freaky during any other post-election season in history, President-elect Donald Trump and family will reportedly host a fundraiser the day after the January inauguration.

The Center for Public Integrity and various campaign-finance reform organizations are already crying foul, because non-profits, as opposed to political campaigns and 501 (c)(3) organizations, do not have to reveal their donors.

The foundation - organized as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, meaning it won't be required to disclose its donors - is throwing what looks to be a massive fundraiser in Washington the day after Trump's inauguration.

Donors who give $1 million ("Bald Eagle" status) are offered a "private reception and photo opportunity for 16 guests" with Eric and Donald Jr. and a "very special guest"-confirmed by a person familiar with the event as the president-elect".

"This is problematic on so many levels", Larry Noble, the general counsel of the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, told the Center for Public Integrity. The event will be held January 21, the day after inauguration, at Washington, D.C.'s Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

A $500,000 "Grizzly Bear" package also comes with a private reception with the president, and an excursion with his sons, and other amenities.

President-elect Donald Trump's two adult sons are running a nonprofit that is offering close access to him in exchange for pricey donations the day after his inauguration next month.

In a statement Tuesday, the Trump transition team said details about the event that have been reported "are merely initial concepts that have not been approved or pursued by the Trump family".

Donald Jr. and Eric were listed as "honorary co-chairmen" on the invitation. Donald Jr. was involved in outreach to hunting and fishing groups and reportedly involved in the selection of Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to be Trump's Interior secretary pick.

Given Trump's position on climate change, we're not sure what they mean by "conservation, " but we do know spending $1 million for direct access to the president and a hunting trip with the first sons seems like a far cry from the American dream.

A week ago the family took an auction offline after ethics experts raised concerns when Ivanka Trump was offering a coffee date with her to benefit the Eric Trump foundation at St. Jude's Hospital. The conservation charities are not named.

The Foundation claims to be involved in conservation, and with the Trump brothers' well-documented enthusiasm for hunting, this could likely be the genuine intention.



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