Backlash Ensues Over Report That Dog Rescue Charity Linked To Lara Trump Funneled Donations Into Father-In-Law’s Pockets

This is disgusting.

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According to a report from S.V. Date at the Huffington Post, a charity linked to Lara Trump, the Big Dog Ranch Rescue, has spent as much as $1.9 million at her father-in-law’s properties in recent years and is about to spend $225,000 more at Mar-a-Lago this weekend.

“According to a permit filed with the town of Palm Beach, Florida, Big Dog Ranch Rescue estimates it will spend $225,000 at the club where Donald Trump has taken up full-time residence since leaving the White House,” the report states. “All the profit from that spending winds up in his pocket.”

“Internal Revenue Service filings show that the group has spent as much as $1,883,160 on fundraising costs at Mar-a-Lago and Trump’s golf course 18 miles north in Jupiter starting in 2014.,” the report continues. “Lara Trump, the wife of Eric Trump, started being listed as a chairwoman for charity events in 2018, and the group’s president, Lauren Simmons, visited the White House in 2019 for the signing of a bill addressing animal cruelty.”

Simmons defended her ties to Lara Trump in a statement; however, she appeared to leave “stop the steal”  messages on social media and others. That, of course, was all part of Donald Trump’s big lie that was propagated to keep him in power after losing to now-President Joe Biden in both the electoral and popular vote.

Twitter users pounced:

To my knowledge, Donald Trump had never had a dog and certainly didn’t have one when he occupied the White House. In contrast, President Joe Biden and his wife recently adopted one rescue dog and has had another doggo for years now. And the Bidens didn’t profit from a charity for animals.

You can read the full report here.

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