Feb 15, 2018

Adviser to Melania Trump received $26 million from inaugural committee

Event planner Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images

Wis Media Partners, an event-planning company founded in December 2016 by a longtime friend and current senior adviser to Melania Trump, was paid $26 million by President Trump's inaugural committee, according to tax filings reported by the NYTimes.

The details: The nonprofit committee chaired by Thomas Barrack Jr. was under pressure by watchdogs to reveal how it spent the $107 million it had raised from wealthy donors.

  • $26 million to the firm run by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, senior adviser to the First Lady.
  • $25 million to Hargrove, Inc., a trade show company that has played a role in every inauguration since 1949.
  • $9.4 million on travel.
  • $4.6 million on salaries and benefits for 208 employees.
  • $4.1 million for ticketing.
  • $3.7 million to David Monn, a New York-based event planner.
  • $2.7 million to Production Resource Group.
  • $1 million to the White House Historical Association.
  • $1 million to the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Samaritan's Purse.
  • $750,000 to the Vice President's Residence Foundation,
  • $500,000 on legal fees.
  • $237,000 on fundraising.
  • $250,000 to the Smithsonian Institution.
  • $2.8 million leftover, which the committee says will be donated to charity once remaining expenses are paid.

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