The Republican National Committee (RNC) has spent more than $1.5 million at President Trump’s properties during the 2018 election cycle, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings reviewed by the Center for Responsive Politics on Monday.
The RNC paid the Trump Organization about $224,000 to throw a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago in March and spent another $367,365 at the Trump National Doral Golf Club in June, according to the report. Those two events alone accounted for roughly a third of the total RNC spending at Trump properties during the 2018 cycle, according to CRP’s money-in-politics site OpenSecrets.
The June event was for the RNC’s 2018 Spring Meeting at the resort, one of the largest of the year.
The Hill notes that in years before Trump took office, the “RNC paid a Trump-owned property only one time, for less than $40,000 in 2011. The committee spent just $146,521 at Trump properties during the entire 2016 election cycle.”
It’s not just Republican donors juicing the Trump Organization’s bottom line, of course. The president’s habit of traveling to his own properties for weekends has forced taxpayers into the game too, as ProPublica reported this summer. Taxpayer-funded agencies and organizations have spent at least $386,000 at Trump properties since Inauguration Day. The full total is unknown, the site noted, “because agencies are fighting disclosure” in response to records requests for spending details.