Chapter 22: Cronyism, Nepotism, and Conflicts of Interest

Voters don’t need a definitive number to know that the Trump family is fleecing taxpayers

The State Department is stonewalling on providing records detailing its spending at properties owned by the president.

Forbes Estimates China Paid Trump At Least $5.4 Million Since He Took Office, Via Mysterious Trump Tower Lease

Donald Trump maintained a stake in Trump Tower when he became president, and with it, a financial connection to the Chinese government.

Trump’s Swamp: Taxes Trace Payments to Properties by Those Who Got Ahead

A businessman-president transplanted favor-seeking in Washington to his family’s hotels and resorts — and earned millions as a gatekeeper to his own administration.

Averaging Two Per Day Since Being Sworn In, Trump Has Racked Up 3,403 Conflicts of Interests Since Taking Office

"It is a gross abuse of public trust, and with each conflict, he becomes more complicit in the destruction of the ethical norms that form the cornerstone of a working democracy."

Donald Trump Wants A New Supreme Court Justice To Help Hand Him A Second Term

“I think this will end up in the Supreme Court, and I think it’s very important to have nine justices,” Trump said of his plans to challenge the election...

Trump’s Corruption: The Definitive List

The many ways that the president, his family and his aides are lining their own pockets.

How Trump's company charged the Secret Service more than $900,000

The president has taken other actions that have shattered his early promise to “completely isolate” himself from his business.

Trump’s campaign paid $2.3 million in donor funds to his private businesses: FEC filings

When Donald Trump ran for president in 2016, he promised to “drain the swamp” and declare war on crony capitalism — and he insisted that if he was elected, there would be a strict separation between his presidency and his business interests. But Dan Alexander, in Forbes, reports that according to Fe

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany's parents received at least $1 million in relief funds

McEnany said PPP loans were designed to help companies with 10 employees or less. Her family said it employs 141

Trump Postal Service sabotage? Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s “reforms” are penny-wise and pound-foolish.

President Donald Trump and his allies continue to insist that he has handled the coronavirus pandemic remarkably well, claiming that the death count from COVID-19 would be much higher in the United States if he hadn’t been so proactive and quick to respond to the crisis. But such claims are ludicrou

Trump’s DC Hotel Jacked Up Its Prices as Trump Began Plotting a DC-Based Republican National Convention

The president hasn’t committed to giving his acceptance speech at the White House. But his nearby hotel has conspicuously begun charging way more for the weekend it’s scheduled.

Trump stands by Saudi prince despite journalist Khashoggi's murder

President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday to remain a "steadfast partner" of Saudi Arabia despite saying that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have known about the plan to murder dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month.

Rescue of Troubled Trucking Company With White House Ties Draws Scrutiny

Members of a congressional oversight panel want to know how YRC Worldwide won a $700 million loan from the Treasury Department.

Trump’s Interests vs. America’s, Dubai Edition

Despite its pledge to avoid new foreign deals, the Trump Organization is moving forward with expansion plans in the United Arab Emirates.

Manhattan DA Cites 'Extensive' Criminal Conduct At Trump Organization In Court Filing

District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. urged a federal judge to reject President Trump’s attempts to block a subpoena for his tax returns.

Trump Haunts His Team With Diversions to Demon Sperm and Obsessions With Fauci

The president wanted to flood the zone with press conferences again. But the early discipline is fading.

Paul Krugman: GOP’s "cult of selfishness" informed its destructive response to coronavirus pandemic

"What the coronavirus has revealed is the power of America’s cult of selfishness. And this cult is killing us"

Complaint: Trump Making Illegal Secret Payments, Including To His Own Family

So far, $216.6 million of spending by Trump’s campaign and related committees has flowed through just two firms, with no disclosure of how that money was...

Trump’s Request of an Ambassador: Get the British Open for Me

Woody Johnson, the N.F.L. owner, Trump donor and ambassador to Britain, was warned not to get involved in trying to move the tournament to a Trump resort in Scotland, but he raised the idea anyway — and he failed.

Matt Gaetz caught ‘improperly’ funneling taxpayer money to ex-Trump aide ousted in racism scandal: report

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has been caught breaking House ethics rules by funneling taxpayer money to a private speech-writing consultant who also happens to be a scandal-plagued former aide to President Donald Trump. Politico reports that Gaetz’s office improperly sent $28,000 in taxpayer money to a limited liability corporation linked to Darren Beattie, a Trump […]

Trump has made it very, very easy to believe he tried to leverage his position to benefit his golf club

More than three years in and with — a lot going on — it's easy to lose sight of the scale of Trump's self-promotion.

The GOP’s Bailout Bonanza

Republicans claim that policies like Universal Basic Income are unaffordable, even as they funnel billions to corporate executives.

At This Trump-Favored Charity, Financial Reporting Is Questionable and Insiders Are Cashing In

Charlie Kirk’s nonprofit Turning Point USA has made misleading financial claims and gets its “independent” audits from its co-founder Bill Montgomery’s former business associate. It has enriched several of its top leaders as it pushes Trump’s message.

How Chad Wolf Became Donald Trump’s New Made-for-TV Enforcer

If incompetence explains how Wolf got his job, sycophancy is how he’s kept it.

Trump Enthusiastically Poses With Goya Beans in Eerie Photo
The Trump campaign is the grift that keeps on grifting

There has never been anything quite like the racket that President Trump appears to have going.

HHS inspector general allows Trump’s vaccine czar to maintain Big Pharma investments despite ‘blatant conflict of interest’

Ethics watchdogs on Wednesday slammed a ruling by the Health and Human Services Department’s inspector general, who decided this week that Moncef Slaoui, a former pharmaceutical executive now heading the Trump administration’s coronavirus vaccine task force, does not have to disclose or divest his investments in the industry.

Trump’s Latest Corporate Giveaway: Privatizing National Park Campgrounds

CREDO Action: Here’s a frightening idea: Grand Canyon, sponsored by Coca-Cola. Yosemite, brought to you by McDonald’s. Acadia, a subsidiary of Aramark. Under a scheme hatched by former disgraced Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, that could be the eventual fate of America’s national parks. Reporters recently uncovered shady plans between the Interior Department and national park … Continue reading Trump’s Latest Corporate Giveaway: Privatizing National Park Campgrounds | Take Action Tuesday @EarthFoodLife

Trump friends and family cleared for millions in small business bailout

Businesses tied to President Donald Trump’s family and associates stand to receive as much as $21 million in government loans designed to shore up payroll expenses for companies struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to federal data released Monday. A hydroponic lettuce farm backed by Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr., applied for at least $150,000…

Cronyism And Conflicts Of Interest In Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force

Only four members of Trump’s coronavirus task force have any scientific or medical training.

Trump’s Conflicts of Interest (Center for American Progress)

This interactive map of the world spells out President Donald Trump’s and his family’s conflicts of interest in 25 countries around the globe.

Here Are the Ways Trump Cashes In on Being President

Since arriving in Washington, Donald Trump has used the White House as a place to profit. Here's how Trump monetizes the presidency on a daily basis.

How Is Donald Trump Profiting From the Presidency? Let Us Count the Ways

Donald Trump is raking in big bucks from emoluments foreign and domestic.

Donald Trump’s Suite of Power

How the President’s D.C. hotel became the new swamp

Is Donald Trump making money off his presidential bid?

Trump boasted that he was self-funding his campaign from the very beginning, but some of that campaign money is going directly to his own businesses

How Trump's business empire is cashing in on the 2020 campaign

Watchdogs and public records reveal how Trump properties have raked in millions from Pacs and Republican figures

Trump's children take in millions overseas as president slams Biden's son

President Trump has called Democrat Joe Biden corrupt over his son's work in Ukraine while Biden was vice president. Three of Trump's own children have conducted a vast array of overseas businesses since he entered the White House.

Done With Michael Cohen, Federal Prosecutors Shift Focus to Trump Family Business - The New York Times

Prosecutors say President Trump organized illegal payments to two women during the presidential campaign. Now they want to know if he and Mr. Cohen acted alone.

How much will Trump profit from the presidency?

Trump boasted that he was self-funding his campaign from the very beginning, but some of that campaign money is going directly to his own businesses

Trump’s Vaccine Chief Has Vast Ties to Drug Industry, Posing Possible Conflicts

Moncef Slaoui, a former pharmaceutical executive, is now overseeing the U.S. initiative to develop coronavirus treatments and vaccines. His financial interests and corporate roles have come under scrutiny.

Tracking President Trump’s Unprecedented Conflicts of Interest

CREW has tallied every public conflict of interest the Trump has racked up during his presidency, and updates the numbers daily. The results are staggering.

Trump Averages Two and a Half Conflicts of Interest Per Day, Study From Watchdog Group Says

"President Trump's time in office has been an ethical disaster," said a report from the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

How Trump fused his business empire to the presidency

As Trump kicks off his fourth year as president with an impeachment trial tied to his actions involving Ukraine, critics say the president has yet to face accountability for blatant conflicts of interest tied to his private businesses.

How Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump Have Profited Off Their Dad's Presidency

No one knows a “clear conflict of interest” when they see it better than the president's children.

Donald Trump is directly profiting from being president, report finds

President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers have spent more than $1 million at Trump-branded properties for political and fundraising events during Trump’s first year in office, according to a report from the Center for Responsive Politics,…

All the President's Profiting

Trump and his family are in position to profit directly from his public service. Track payments to Trump properties from Trump-related entities and beyond.

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