President Donald Trump on Tuesday granted clemency to 11 people, including construction executive Paul Pogue, who was sentenced to three years probation after evading $473,000 in taxes.
Pogue’s family has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct contributions and in-kind air travel to the Trump Victory Fund, according to the Daily Beast.
Ben Pogue, CEO of Pogue Construction and son of Paul Pogue, and his wife Ashleigh made over $200,000 in contributions to the campaign in August 2019.
“In August alone, Ben Pogue donated $85,000 to Trump Victory while Ashleigh Pogue contributed $50,000 that month,” the Daily Beast reports. “The following month, Ben Pogue made an in-kind air travel contribution of $75,404.40.”
The couple also made several large donations to the Republican National Committee and each donated $5,600 to Donald Trump for President Inc.
“On the day of their first donation to the Trump campaign, Ashleigh posted an Instagram photo of her and her husband posing with Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, at the Hamptons,” the report noted. “Prior to the Pogues’ sudden significant donating spree to Trump and the Republicans, the couple was not seen as big campaign spenders, having donated a few thousand dollars for Paul Ryan’s congressional campaign in 2017 and $5,400 for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s 2016 Republican presidential run.”
Among those granted pardons or sentence commutations were former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was sentenced to 14 years in prison for attempting to sell former President Barack Obama’s Senate seat and former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik, who was sentenced to four years in 2010 for tax fraud and lying to the feds.