Trump’s veteran’s fundraiser in January, when he threw his tantrum about the FOX news debate moderation, wasn’t as “great” as Trump had stated, according to this FOX News report: “Trump failed to raise $6M at January veterans fundraiser, campaign manager says”:
“Corey Lewandowski told The Washington Post Friday that the televised fundraiser for veterans only netted about $4.5 million. Lewandowski said the event fell short of the $6 million mark because some of Trump’s wealthy friends promised big donations, but backed out last minute.
There were some individuals who he’d spoken to, who were going to write large checks, (who) for whatever reason … didn’t do it,” Lewandowski told The Post by telephone. “I can’t tell you who.”
He also said that he wasn’t sure whether Trump’s own $1 million donation was counted toward the total.
The comments from Lewandowski are the first mention that Trump’s fundraiser netted less than he had touted. Lewandowski’s acknowledgement also comes over a month after The Wall Street Journal reported that most of the organizations targeted to receive the money have gotten less than half of that amount.”
So to recap from a February 21, 2016 LB blog post, “Do your own homework”:
Here’s some new oddities in Trump’s sideshow antic out of Iowa, where he held that veteran’s fundraiser to divert attention away from the FOX News debate he was boycotting, because FOX would not let Trump control their choice of moderators. He tried to strong-arm a cable network based on his “feelings” that he wasn’t “being treated fairly.”
So, what happened to the money raised for veterans? Well, some has been disbursed to some veterans groups according to this Weekly Standard report, but their report highlights some warning bells that his Trump Foundation operates much like the Clinton Foundation. When Michael Warren, the reporter emailed the Trump Foundation with questions about the fundraiser this is what happened:
“On Thursday, I contacted the Donald J. Trump Foundation by email with a few questions about how the $6 million had been or was being disbursed. Five minutes later, I received a phone call from Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s presidential campaign manager. Lewandowski said a list of the recipients had been made public and that more recipients were being added all the time. How much had those recipients received? Lewandowski couldn’t, or wouldn’t, say. As a non-profit organization, he said, the Trump Foundation would release all the required details of its disbursements at the end of the fiscal year. To find out before then, he said, I’d have to contact the recipients themselves.
“The list is publicly available,” he said. “You can do your homework and ask the veterans’ organizations.”
Why wouldn’t the Trump Foundation want to publicize how much it had donated? (Especially given the fact that in recent years, Trump’s charity organization had given more money to the Clinton Foundationthan to veterans.) And why, when asking about the Foundation’s disbursements, had a representative of the campaign called? With no other options, however, I took Lewandowki’s advice.”
Why indeed did Trump’s campaign manager respond to questions about the Trump Foundation? That melding of the “charity” with the “political operations” is vintage Clinton and as it turns out, the way Trump does business too. There’s also some big pharmaceutical executive who rents space in Trump Tower, whom some recipients believe is connected to the Trump Foundation:
“”We found out like everybody else did, when the Trump Foundation put the list up on the website,” said Kerri Childress of the Fisher House Foundation, one of the groups on the Trump Foundation’s list. “And frankly we haven’t heard anything since.”
Childress says the Fisher House Foundation has yet to receive a donation, though she was quick to add that it’s not uncommon for pledged donations to take weeks or months to actually be disbursed. Neither has the Task Force Dagger Foundation received a check, says managing director Keith David. “We did receive a check from the Stewart J. Rahr Foundation, and they share the same floor with the Trump Foundation,” David adds. Rahr, a pharmaceutical executive-turned-Manhattan-playboy, is friends with Trump and rents office space in the Trump Tower. It’s not clear whether or not there is a relationship between Trump’s and Rahr’s foundations.
Another vets group, Operation Homefront, posted on its Facebook page that it received a $50,000 donation Monday from the Rahr Foundation, which the group says they “understand is made in connection with Donald Trump.” Beyond that, says Operation Homefront spokesman Aaron Taylor, they don’t know much about it.”
The similarities between Donald Trump and his friends, the Clintons, just keep multiplying, so if it ends up that Trump too hired dem political operatives to help him “win,” don’t act surprised! Sure wish we could track the phone traffic between Trump, some key Clinton sewer rats, and then Bill Clinton… Oh, to be a fly on the wall….
At this point Trump sure looks to be more like a Clinton dupe, who has become much better at scorched earth and mastered controlling the 24/7 NEWS cycle better than the Clintons. He just might be their own Frankenstein monster…. If America’s future wasn’t hanging in the balance, watching Bill Clinton’s perfect triangulation strategy blowing up in his face would be an enjoyable show. Trump isn’t any better than the Clintons – they’re sharks that swim in the same pool of WHOLESALE PUBLIC CORRUPTION.