If one thing is for certain in this world, it’s the fact that Donald Trump’s eviction from the White House did absolutely nothing to stop the man’s unhinged, rampant, and blatant corruption in every conceivable aspect of his life.
USA Today is out with an explosive report, revealing that a political action committee (PAC) associated with the ex-president and his desperate attempts to convince the US people of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election was found to have forked over a whopping $60K to an individual working as a fashion consultant for now-former First Lady Melania Trump.
According to reporting from Today’s Erin Mansfield the fashion consultant in question here, Hervé Pierre Braillard, was ultimately given four payment installments from the Trump PAC, the first one being on April 7th and ending on June 24th. The payments were sent to Braillard under the description of “strategy consulting.” No further details were offered to help explain what that actually meant.
Spokesperson for Trump’s “Save America” PAC, Taylor Budowich, spoke out following the brutal report in what was a clear attempt to do some serious damage control and explain why a huge chunk of donor money that was supposed to have helped fund the ex-president’s ongoing legal battle in relation to the 2020 election instead went to Melania’s fashion whims.
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“Mr. Pierre serves as a senior advisor to Save America,” Budowich tried to explain, “involved in event management and special projects.”
USA Today reports, “The payments offer a window into one of the many ways Trump, who is not a candidate for any federal office, is allowed to use money in the PAC, which has raised more than $100 million since it was registered in November 2020.”
Michael Beckel, who belongs to the political reform group Issue One, weighed in on the revelation and said the allegations certainly warrant some federal scrutiny.
“If you are going to a political function and trying to buy a new dress or a new tuxedo, that’s typically something that the FEC would say campaign funds should not be used for,” Beckel said of the situation. “So it really raises questions if leadership funds are being used to pay for something like a new dress or new clothing that campaign funds could not be used for legally.”
Read the full report from USA Today here.
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