During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump and other Republicans blasted the Clinton Foundation for supposedly giving access to the Clintons for donors.
I’ve noticed that for Trump, when he complains about others doing something, it is almost a sure bet that he is doing the same thing. So it should come as no surprise that Trump himself is already up for sale. And why wait? Let’s do it as part of the inauguration!
Donald Trump’s two adult sons have started a new “charity” called the “Opening Day Foundation” (you know, sort of like the Trump Foundation). It is suspicious that the charity was founded in Texas, as neither of them live there, but hey, its Texas and they don’t have all those pesky regulations like they do in New York to get in the way of having a good time.
For the low, low donation of only $1 million, you too can get one of the following lovely prizes: a “private reception and photo opportunity for 16 guests with President Donald J. Trump”; a “multi-day hunting and/or fishing excursion for 4 guests with Donald Trump, Jr. and/or Eric Trump, and team”; as well as tickets to other events and “autographed guitars by an Opening Day 2017 performer.”
Not only that, but your identity will be kept secret, so nobody needs to know that you are bribing the children of our president. And you can write off your
bribe donation, because the Trumpkins promise that “all net proceeds from the Opening Day event will be donated to conservation charities”, although they don’t name any specific charities and other quotes seem to indicate that they will mainly be “sportsman’s charities” (you can imagine what those might be). Nor do they specify how the net proceeds will be calculated, so the “expenses” could include hefty payoffs to the founders of the charity.
According to the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan campaign reform organization:
This is problematic on so many levels. This is Donald Trump and the Trump family using a brand new organization to raise $1 million contributions for a vague goal of giving money to conservation charities, which seems a way of basically just selling influence and selling the ability to meet with the president.