It seems that the Inauguration access you may want can be gotten, but it will cost you a cool million dollars. Donald Trump, the president-elect who will be sworn in on January 20th, 2017, may have some company organized by his sons, Donald Trump Jr., and Eric Trump. The brothers have created a Texas nonprofit group to take donations to have time with the freshly-minted president, his family or cabinet. The chance at a meet and greet session are funded by the donations and then those donations will be given to unnamed “conservation” charities. This new charity is called Opening Day Foundation.
There are different “gifts” given in exchange for the donations with one being a hunting/fishing trip with Trump’s sons. Trump’s sons, though, are supposed to run the Trump business when their father becomes the 45th president of the United States. The possibility exists of there being a conflict of interest between the business aspect of the Trump family and the politician Donald Trump.
The Trump brothers organized this non-profit group less than one week ago in Texas. Those records indicate that the name of the new nonprofit is the Opening Day Foundation and the agency listed four directors: Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Dallas investor Gentry Beach and Tom Hicks Jr., the son of a Dallas billionaire. Due to the way the nonprofit was created, it allows donors to be completely anonymous. So the public may never know who bought and paid for time with the new incoming president.
Larry Noble, the general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, believes the business of Trump’s sons raising funds for even a charity to buy time with the president or his family is problematic. Noble stated, “This is Donald Trump and the Trump family using a brand new organization to raise $1 million contributions for a vague goal of giving money to conservation charities, which seems a way of basically just selling influence and selling the ability to meet with the president.”
Last week, the Trump family canceled an auction for coffee with Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, after ethics experts evaluated the situation and believed it was ethically questionable. The auction had drawn 28 bids, with the highest bidder reaching $72,888. The bidders included at least three businessmen who said in interviews that they saw their donation as an opportunity to press Trump for information about her father’s plans as president or to try to urge Donald Trump to take up an issue important to them.
Eric Trump, apparently, did not understand that there would have been a conflict of interest if the bidding was continued and the “coffee” date had taken place. Instead, Eric Trump attacked the ethical standards that needed to take place, rather that finding a legal way of creating a charity that will not profit off the name of the 45th president of the United States, his father, Donald J. Trump.. Eric Trump stated, “Today, the only people that lost are the children of St. Jude.”
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