— Brendan Fischer (@brendan_fischer) September 16, 2017
…John Legend, John Mellencamp, Pete Seeger, Shakira, James Taylor, U2, Usher, https://t.co/q9YkU7IIq6, Stevie Wonder…
All at Obama's.
— Dale Henry Geist (@dalehenrygeist) September 16, 2017
— David Beard (@dabeard) September 15, 2017
President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee raised an unprecedented $107 million for a ceremony that officials promised would be “workmanlike,” and the committee pledged to give leftover funds to charity. Nearly eight months later, the group has helped pay for redecorating at the White House and the vice president’s residence in Washington.
But nothing has yet gone to charity.
What is left from the massive fundraising is a mystery, clouded by messy and, at times, budget-busting management of a private fund that requires little public disclosure. The Associated Press spoke with eight people — vendors, donors and Trump associates — involved in planning and political fundraising for the celebration, an event that provides an early look at the new president’s management style and priorities. The people described a chaotic process marked by last-minute decisions, staffing turnover and little financial oversight…
Who would’ve thought “knowing something about the job you’ve applied for” might be useful?
Other people familiar with the committee’s activities before and after the inauguration said its efforts were hobbled by a shortage of staff with relevant experience…
Leaders of previous inaugurations expressed surprise at the slow timeline. They say they had a general handle on their finances — and had already started giving money away — within three months of Inauguration Day, though formally closing down the committees took many months longer.
“The thing about inaugural expenses, they’re not complicated,” said Steve Kerrigan, head of President Barack Obama’s 2013 inaugural committee. “You take money in, you pay it out, and then you know what you’re left with when it’s done.”
Because inauguration funds are private money, there are few limits on how leftover money can be used…
They may not have had much relevant political experience, but when it comes to quietly reallocating funds that are supposed to go to charity, nobody has more experience than the Trump Crime Cartel!
And speaking of not-passing-the-smell-test attempts to “save the public money”…
— The Hill (@thehill) September 19, 2017
Words of advice for Jr: Don't bother, you're probably under surveillance whether or not Secret Service is protecting you. https://t.co/S7Ccc14Xay
— Christopher Orr (@OrrChris) September 19, 2017
But the people surveilling him probably haven't learned to detest him as much as I suspect his detail has. https://t.co/VGy2iaLl4r
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) September 19, 2017
"Kids, we're moving to St. Petersburg tonight. No, not Florida."
— Schooley (@Rschooley) September 19, 2017