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Trump Camp Spent 20% Of Funds On Trump Businesses

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Phillip Stucky Political Reporter

Republican presidential candidate Trump spent $6.8 million on campaign activities in May, and 20 percent of all expenditures went to businesses he owns.

Trump ended the month of May with $1.3 million in the campaign account after spending $6.8 million. Due to a regular FEC filing Tuesday, researchers discovered Trump spent 20 percent of that money on Trump-owned businesses.

Mar-A-Lago, Trump’s resort and club in Palm Beach, Fla., charged the campaign $423,000 for campaign events and other services. Trump-owned airline, Tag Air, charged the campaign $349,000 for transportation.

Other expenditures include rent to Trump Tower for events and “other services.” Campaign catering was provided by several Trump-owned restaurants in New York and on the campaign trail. Trump even used Trump payroll corp for his payroll needs.

The most unusual line items were payments made to “Donald J. Trump,” which throughout the course of the month, included two payments of $2,573.43 and one payment of $5,297.45. Trump paid himself a grand total of $10,444.31.

Trump made his self-funded status a central issue in his campaign. The Washington Post reported Trump announced he would no longer loan money to the campaign, and would forget the loan to the campaign. However, as of the FEC filing deadline for May, the loan still stands on the campaign books.

Trump added $2 million dollars to his campaign’s loan in May.

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