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Donald Trump Jacked Up His Campaign’s Trump Tower Rent Once Somebody Else Was Paying It. Trump spent $55K in campaign money to buy his own book — which is probably illegal. Donald Trump may have broken the law by using campaign donations to buy thousands of copies of his own book at retail cost. His campaign raised eyebrows this week when a filing with the Federal Election Commission revealed a $55,055 expenditure on May 10 to Barnes & Noble, but The Daily Beast reported that money was used to artificially boost sales for Trump’s latest book and line the candidate’s pockets with donor money.

The expenditure amounts to more than 3,500 copies of the hardcover version of Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again, or more than 5,000 copies of the retitled paperback version, Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America. Related: Trump campaign spends $55,000 at Barnes and Noble and the internet has some ideas on what A Trump spokesperson told the website the books were purchased as gifts for attendees at the Republican National Convention — which the representative said the campaign was required to do. Trump used $258,000 from his charity to settle legal problems.

Donald Trump spent more than a quarter-million dollars from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits that involved the billionaire’s for-profit businesses, according to interviews and a review of legal documents. Those cases, which together used $258,000 from Trump’s charity, were among four newly documented expenditures in which Trump may have violated laws against “self-dealing” — which prohibit nonprofit leaders from using charity money to benefit themselves or their businesses. In one case, from 2007, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club faced $120,000 in unpaid fines from the town of Palm Beach, Fla., resulting from a dispute over the size of a flagpole.

In a settlement, Palm Beach agreed to waive those fines — if Trump’s club made a $100,000 donation to a specific charity for veterans. Instead, Trump sent a check from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a charity funded almost entirely by other people’s money, according to tax records. The check to charity from the Trump Foundation. They settled. Donald Trump’s Campaign Paid $11 Million to Trump Businesses. The mogul’s vast network of hotels, restaurants, clubs, and golf courses were paid millions during his presidential campaign. Over 17 months of stumping for the presidency, the Donald Trump campaign spent an astonishing $11,355,406 patronizing businesses bearing his name, according to a review of filings with the Federal Election Commission conducted by The Daily Beast. That total includes payments to The Trump Corporation, The Trump Security, Trump Cafe, Trump Grill, Trump Hotel, Doral Golf Resort, Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing, LLC, The Mar a Lago Club LLC, Trump Plaza LLC, Trump International Golf Club, Trump National Golf Club, Trump Old Post Office LLC, Trump Park Avenue LLC, Trump International Hotel, Trump Restaurants, Trump SoHo, Trump Tower, TAG Air, Inc., Trump Virginia Acquisitions, LLC, Trump CPS LLC and Trump ICE LLC.

It includes rent to Trump properties, but not disbursements listed as “in-kind” rent. Five dollars at the Trump Cafe in Trump Tower here. In Carrier Deal, Trump Is Taking Credit for Some Blatant Crony Capitalism. Donald Trump, who claimed to be uniquely positioned to fight special interests in Washington and vowed to crack down hard on companies that send jobs overseas, is now taking credit for cutting a deal that epitomizes corporate socialism at the expense of American taxpayers.1 The details of the agreement he brokered with Carrier to keep some of the 2,100 manufacturing jobs the company had planned to move to Monterrey, Mexico – where workers typically make $19 per day – are still hazy.

But CNBC reports that it entails “new inducements” for the company, arranged by Indiana Governor and vice president-elect Mike Pence, in exchange for keeping what CNN says will be “nearly 1,000” jobs in the Hoosier State.2 Trump is flying to Indiana tomorrow to hail his great negotiating skills. But make no mistake, using tax dollars to bribe the company is nothing like what he promised on the stump. In the coming days, we’ll see how this deal is reported. Trump, the Dragon, and the Minotaur by Yanis Varoufakis. ATHENS – If Donald Trump understands anything, it is the value of bankruptcy and financial recycling. He knows all about success via strategic defaults, followed by massive debt write-offs and the creation of assets from liabilities. But does he grasp the profound difference between a developer’s debt and the debt of a large economy?

And does he understand that China’s private debt bubble is a powder keg under the global economy? Much hinges on whether he does. Trump was elected on a wave of discontent with the establishment’s colossal mishandling of both the pre-2008 boom and the post-2008 recession. America’s president-elect has done little to assuage growing anxiety, both at home and abroad, since his victory. Before 1971, US global hegemony was predicated upon America’s current-account surplus with the rest of the capitalist world, which the US helped to stabilize by recycling part of its surplus to Europe and Japan.

After 1971, US hegemony grew by an analogous process. Learn More. Carrier To Keep Jobs In U.S. After Trump Offers State Incentives | The Huffington Post. Trump: I Will Quit Business ‘in Total’ for Presidency. Donald Trump to leave his business ‘in total’ to focus on presidency. WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he’s leaving his business empire to focus on being the nation’s 45th president, bowing to pressure to avoid potential conflicts of interest between governing and profiting in the private sector. ‘‘I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to make America great again,’’ he tweeted in a series of missives sent before dawn.

‘‘While I am not mandated to do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as president, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses.’’ Advertisement He said legal documents are ‘‘being crafted which take me completely out of business operations,’’ he added, saying the presidency is ‘‘a far more important task!’’ Get Political Happy Hour in your inbox: Your afternoon shot of politics, sent straight from the desk of Joshua Miller. Mnuchin, 53, led Trump’s finance operations during the presidential campaign. We May Not Know If Trump’s Foreign Business Deals Violate the Constitution. The question of whether President-elect Donald Trump will run afoul of federal conflict-of-interest rules or the Constitution because of his extensive foreign investments has been the subject of intense scrutiny among legal and ethics scholars.

Legally, his foreign licensing deals could violate the Constitution. An example: During his presidential run, Trump’s name was used to market a never-finished luxury hotel in Azerbaijan, built by the billionaire son of the country’s transportation minister. The deal earned Trump more than $2.8 million between January 2014 and May 2016, according to financial-disclosure filings he filed as a candidate. (See his 2015 and 2016 reports here.) If this type of deal occurs during his presidency and fetches anything above what’s considered fair market value, it would almost certainly violate the Emoluments Clause, a provision of the Constitution ­­­­­­meant to head off conflicts between the national interest and presidents’ self-interest.

Here are 5 deeply obnoxious things we learned about Donald Trump this week. Donald Trump spent Thanksgiving week leaking the names of his potential cabinet picks, making Mitt Romney grovel, and turning down security briefings. He also made time to sit down with the New York Times to flatter and lie to them, which seems to have inexplicably fooled the paper of record into saying, Look, he’s not that bad. The next day, the Times ran a piece about how Trump was “diversifying” his cabinet appointments because he gave Nikki Haley a job for which he has no respect and she has no qualifications, U.N. representative. His appointments ping-ponged between know-nothings, right-wing ideologues the likes of which would make Dick Cheney blush, and gazillionaires who have gutted the very working class Trump once claimed to champion. Here are some of the most deeply disturbing things we learned this week about the pussy-grabbing birther-in-chief. 1. He loves the poorly educated so much he wants to expand their numbers. 2. 3. 4. 5.

It Costs New York City Taxpayers $1 Million a Day to Protect Tax Dodger Donald Trump. Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons / Kowloonese It’s costing the city of New York more than $1 million a day to protect President-elect Donald Trump and his family, according to a report by CNN Money. Those funds, provided by hard-working, taxpaying New Yorkers—a group that does not include Trump, who reportedly hasn’t paid federal income taxes in decades—are mostly used to provide a 24-hour police presence in and around Trump Tower. The city will have to keep coming up with that money after the inauguration, because Trump’s wife Melania and 10-year-old son Barron have announced they will keep living there, at least until the end of the school year.

Those costs could drain New York City for up to four years, if Trump makes Trump Tower a part-time home for his entire term. Trump has talked to “advisers about how many nights a week he will spend in the White House,” according to the New York Times. "This is a very substantial undertaking. The Donald J. Trump Foundation Broke IRS Rules by Self-Dealing: Report. Photo Credit: a katz / Shutterstock.com This time we don’t need The New York Times — the “failing” New York Times — to break a story about Donald Trump’s unsavory tax practices. Intentionally or otherwise, Team Trump managed to break this story themselves. As The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, the Donald J. Trump Foundation admitted to unethical practices in 2015 tax filings discovered on Monday evening by Guidestar, a nonprofit-tracking site. As uploaded by the law firm Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, the documents show Trump’s charity checking off boxes admitting that it had transferred “income or assets to a disqualified person” and that it had engaged in “self-dealing.”

By transferring money to a disqualified person — that is, someone like Trump himself or one of his family members and businesses, none of whom can appropriately benefit from the foundation’s largesse — Trump leaves himself open to penalties such as excise taxes and being required to reimburse improperly spent money. 5 Deeply Obnoxious Things We Learned About Donald Trump This Week. Photo Credit: FlickR/Gage Skidmore Donald Trump spent Thanksgiving week leaking his potential cabinet picks, making Mitt Romney grovel and turning down security briefings. He also made the time to sit down with the New York Times to flatter and lie to them, which seemed to have inexplicably fooled the paper of record into saying look, he's not that bad.

The next day, the Times ran a piece about how Trump was “diversifying” his cabinet appointments because look he gave Nikki Haley a job for which he has no respect and she has no qualifications, U.N. Representative. Here are some of the most deeply disturbing things we learned this week about the pussy grabbing birther in chief: 1.

You may remember one of the more bizarre campaign statements Donald Trump made when talked about his love for the “poorly educated” after winning the Nevada primary. 2. “He has a pathological disease,” Trump said before launching into a comparison between Carson’s pathology and that of a child molester. 3. 4. 5. An Unhinged Trump Flies Into A Rage Over Recount That He Planted The Seeds For. President-elect Donald Trump is enraged and viewing the recount as a personal insult. The problem is that it was Trump himself who raised doubts about the integrity of US elections by complaining that the election was going to be stolen from him.

Trump went on a Twitter bender on Sunday morning concerning the recount: Trump spent the last month of the presidential election claiming that the election was going to be stolen from him. In Colorado, Trump claimed mail in ballots supporting him would be thrown away. In October, Trump tweeted that the election was being stolen from him: A Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 41% of registered voters believed that the election could be stolen from Trump. Donald Trump is the person who sowed the seeds of doubt about this election. It is troubling that the president-elect said nothing in his tweets to defend the integrity of our electoral system. Trump’s ranting about Hillary Clinton is misguided and out of touch with reality. This week in Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest: What was the president-elect doing this week to possibly make himself rich? Because Donald Trump hasn’t released his tax returns, it’s impossible to know the extent of the conflicts-of-interest that could impede his ability to executive his presidential responsibilities in good faith.

Nevertheless, even this comparatively brief list of his real and potential financial conflicts is quite sobering. I mean, it’s not like Trump tried to tweet promotions of businesses during his campaign that have literally just been discredited in a court of law? Oh right… Donald Trump’s children are promoting their brands during presidential events As The Huffington Post explains, conflict of interest regulations do not apply to the president, although previous presidents have voluntarily abided by them in the name of demonstrating good faith to the public. Trump, on the other hand, has entrusted his business empire to three of his children, Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka. Diplomats are staying at Trump’s hotel in DC so they can curry favor with him. PLEASE Do Not Use This Photo Of Trump! Trump’s excess serving of braggadocio makes this election year a particularly baffling one. What an election year!

I feel like I’ve been transported through a cosmic squirrel hole and into a baffling political universe where facts are fiction, bizarre is normal and corruption is a virtue. Am I hallucinating? Or has this insanity really happened? Since I can’t yet conjure up the deep meanings (or lack thereof) in this year’s national vote, I’ll offer instead a reflection on some of the oddities from this rutted and potholed general election road we’ve traveled, jouncing through the destruction brought largely by the furies howling from deep within the Donald.

Here’s Trump on his own splendiforousness: “No one RESPECTS WOMEN more than me.” “Nobody BUILDS WALLS better than me, believe me.” “MY IQ is one of the highest.” “Nobody knows more about TAXES than me.” “Nobody knows BANKING better than I do.” “I have a great relationship with THE BLACKS.” “There’s nobody that’s done so much for EQUALITY as I have.” “I’m the LEAST RACIST person you’ll ever meet.” “I’m REALLY RICH. 'The Slime Factor Is Overwhelming': Charles Blow Decimates Charlatan President-Elect Trump. New York Times columnist Charles Blow is very glad he did not have to sit in on the recent interview the paper of record conducted with Donald Trump. It might have actually sickened him. The fact that during the interview, as the Times reported, Trump seemed to backtrack on many of his hard line positions during the campaign, did not in any way impress Blow.

He writes in Thursday's column: He seemed to indicate that he wouldn’t seek to prosecute Hillary Clinton. But he should never have said that he was going to do that in the first place.He seemed to indicate that he wouldn’t encourage the military to use torture. But he should never have said that he would do that in the first place. He said that he would have an “open mind” on climate change. Mostly, Blow says, the transcript and audio, overwhelmings reveals just how slimy Trump is. It's just so goddam ridiculous. This is one columnist who will never normalize the screamingly abnormal president-elect. Donald Trump, Merrick Garland, and Las Vegas: a tale of unionization.

Donald Trump Basically Says Conflicts Of Interest Aren't Illegal If The President Has Them | The Huffington Post. What, Me Torture? Donald Trump’s Week of Wild WTF Reversals. Trump Foundation admits to violating ban on ‘self-dealing,’ new filing to IRS shows. Trump denies any conflict of interest over business empire. Donald Trump Is Really Upset Mike Pence Got Booed At 'Hamilton' | The Huffington Post. President-elect: I had to settle Trump University case 'to focus on our country' Paul Krugman Exposes Trump's Most Blatant Bait-and-Switch Lie. Log In. Donald Trump reverses course, settles Trump University lawsuit for $25 million.

Donald Trump's False Ford Plant Tweet Means He's Making His Own Fake News. President-elect Trump due to appear in court at trial starting later this month. Donald Trump and the “twin insurgency”: He’s half plutocrat, half criminal and entirely ruthless. It really is insane that Trump got away with not releasing his tax returns. Psychopathology, projection and PTSD: An armchair psychologist’s guide to the Trump trauma. Joy Behar demands to know why we’re talking about Clinton emails and not Trump’s rape case.

Russia's reportedly been cultivating relationship with Trump for five years. FBI Making Inquiry Into Ex-Trump Campaign Manager's Foreign Ties. Deadbeat Donald strikes again — Trump campaign accused of stiffing pollster out of $760K. The Social Physics of Trump’s Shock Tactics. With only two weeks left, Trump is promoting his hotels — and complicating his candidacy. Donald Trump Has Nickel And Dimed Local Governments On Taxes, Too | Huffington Post. WATCH: Trump reveals his plans to punish media critics during incoherent TV interview. Donald Trump Claims Military Has 'Conceptually' Endorsed Him | Huffington Post. Trump Brags of Endorsements That Never Happened.

Megyn Kelly gently mocks Donald Trump spokesman for canceling over Trump's female accusers. Trump Tower Site Tour. Trump Uses Major Policy Speech To Threaten To Sue Sexual Assault Accusers | Huffington Post. Trump Will Accept Results Of Election 'If It's Fair,' His Son Says | Huffington Post. Warren Buffett's Tax Challenge Proves That Trump Doesn't Know What an American Value Is. Here Are All of the Trump Products Made Overseas. Why Alec Baldwin's Trump impression rankles Trump so much more than other Saturday Night Live impersonations did. WATCH: Secret video reveals Trump boasting sex assault allegations will help him win White House.

Theconversation. Theconversation. WATCH: Here’s the fake-debate “SNL” skit that caused Donald Trump to melt down in real life. Donald Trump’s ‘Candid Camera’ Cameo Is Much Creepier In Retrospect | Huffington Post. Theconversation. 'Family Guy' Rips Donald Trump As Peter Griffin Rides The Hot-Mic Bus | Huffington Post. Donald Trump in 1994: I tell my friends to "be rougher" with their wives. It's No Mystery Why Trump's Accusers Waited to Come Forward - Rolling Stone.

Donald Trump May Have Lied about Donations to 9/11 Charities | The Daily Dot. ‘Unshackled’ Trump goes completely batsh*t — here are the 4 most insane moments from today’s rally. Trump declares himself free from ‘shackles’ — and threatens to burn the GOP to the ground. The Inside Story Of Donald Trump's Comedy Central Roast Is Everything You Thought It Would Be | Huffington Post. Buffett Calls Trump’s Bluff and Releases His Tax Data. Ivana Trump says she raised Donald Jr, Ivanka and Eric without any help from Donald.

Trump surrogate gasps out loud when CNN panelist calls Trump ‘an irredeemable pervert, a predator’ Louis C.K. on the Time He Met the ‘Real Trump’: A ‘Miserable,’ Money-Grubbing Narcissist. Donald Trump Just Lost The Election. Donald Trump 'Apologizes' In Recording That Looks Like A Hostage Tape | Huffington Post. Theconversation. Another tax bombshell: Daddy Trump had to set up $38 million slush fund to bail Donald out prior to 1980. Donald Trump Can’t Shut Down New York Times Tax-Leak Showing He Lost Nearly $1 Billion in 1995. Donald Trump is toying with refusing to concede if he loses. That’s horrifying. ‘I did all the work’: Ex-Trump accountant slaps down candidate’s ‘brilliant’ knowledge of tax code. Trump Used Foundation Funds for 2016 Run, Filings Suggest.

Trump Gave 10 Times The Personal Max To Florida Attorney General | Huffington Post. Riches-to-Riches Trump Spins Fake Horatio Alger Tale | Huffington Post. NY Attorney General serves cease and desist order to Trump Foundation. Art of the Steal: This is How Trump Lost $916M and Avoided Tax. Donald Trump and His Allies Struggle to Move Past Tax Revelation. The Real Scandal Of Trump Paying No Taxes | Huffington Post. Trump fires back after tax revelations. Trump Foundation is no charity at all: New York AG says Trump lacks certification to collect funds. WATCH: Donald Trump answers for his “Mexican rapists” comments under oath. Trump Foundation Not Properly Certified. Trump campaign spends $55,000 at Barnes and Noble and the internet has some ideas on what.

Trump’s visa problem: The Donald renews his anti-immigration push — and the hypocrisy is mind-numbing. The Trump Files: How Donald Tried To Hide His Legal Troubles to Get His Casino Approved. Woody Guthrie whacks ‘Old Man Trump’ again in another recently discovered song. Trump Held Fundraiser For Pam Bondi At Mar-a-Lago After She Dropped Investigation. Trump Living Large On Donors’ Dime. Trump picked his bogus charity’s pocket to buy $20K painting of himself. Trump Won Tax Breaks While Donating Tens Of Thousands To Corrupt Official | Huffington Post.

Team Trump Spooked by Charity Probe. Seth Meyers Explains Why Trump's Scandals Never Matter. How Donald Trump’s Company Violated the United States Embargo Against Cuba. Donald Trump Stares Forlornly At Tiny, Aged Penis In Mirror Before Putting On Clothes, Beginning Day. Poor Donald Trump! Get Your War On: Trump's Tweets. Penn Jillette’s secrets of “Celebrity Apprentice”: Donald Trump is a whackjob!