Nov 14, 2017

The Republicans giving Trump properties the most money

Erica Pandey, author of @Work

The Trump International Hotel in D.C. — steps from the White House. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

The Trump Organization's properties have emerged as a top destination for Republicans to hold fundraising events and donor dinners, the Washington Post reports. The biggest spender is Trump himself, who has shelled out $534,864 to his own businesses since Jan. 1.

Here's who else made the list:

  • Rep. Jodey Arrington from West Texas has spent $16,602 in campaign money at Trump properties since Election Day 2016, including a $16,000 reception at the Trump International Hotel for the 100-plus guests who came to D.C. to watch him get sworn into office.
  • Rep. Tom MacArthur from New Jersey held a fundraiser at the Trump golf course in Bedminster, N.J. The event — headlined by the president himself — cost $15,221 and MacArthur raised $700,000. He used campaign funds.
  • Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California has spent $12,545 in campaign funds at Trump hotels since the election. His event at the International Hotel in D.C. raised $100,000.
  • Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania has split a total of $9,277 of his campaign committee's budget between Trump's D.C. hotel and the BLT Prime steakhouse.
  • Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas used campaign money to throw a Christmas reception at the BLT Prime steakhouse in December 2016. The event cost $7,585.
  • Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon has used $6,707 in campaign funds at BLT Prime since the election.
  • Rep. Roger Williams of Texas has also shelled out campaign funds at the upscale restaurant. His expenses total $3,286.
  • Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania has held events at Trump's D.C. hotel and at BLT Prime that cost $2,154 in campaign funds.
  • Sen. John Neely Kennedy of Louisiana spent $1,850 in campaign money for lodging at the Trump International Hotel in late August.
  • Omar Navarro, a Republican challenging Rep. Maxine Waters — who is a vocal Trump critic — in Los Angeles has spent $8,451 at Trump properties since the election, including at Trump's Las Vegas hotel and his golf club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Go deeper

NYPD commissioner: "I'm extremely proud" of officers' response to protests

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea in February. Photo: Yana Paskova/Getty Images

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a public statement Sunday that he is "extremely proud" of the New York City Police Department's response to protests over the death of George Floyd Saturday night, writing: "What we saw in New York City last night and the night before was not about peaceful protest of any kind."

Why it matters: New York City residents captured several instances of police officers using excessive force against demonstrators. In one video, two NYPD SUVs are seen ramming into protesters who were blocking a road and throwing traffic cones at the vehicles.

SpaceX capsule carrying astronauts docks with space station

The Crew Dragon just before docking on Sunday. Photo: NASA TV

SpaceX's Crew Dragon safely delivered two NASA astronauts — Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken — to the International Space Station on Sunday after the company's historic launch Saturday.

Why it matters: This marks the first time a private company has delivered people to the space station, and it signals the beginning of the end of NASA's reliance on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft for flights to orbit.

Minnesota AG: Prosecution of officer in George Floyd case shouldn't be rushed

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison cautioned in an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that the case against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer involved in the death of George Floyd, is "very early in the process" and that charges could be amended or added.

Why it matters: Chauvin was arrested last week and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, which implies that he did not intend to kill Floyd. Some protestors have demanded more severe charges, and Floyd's family has asked Ellison to serve as a special prosecutor in the case.