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Those Trump Steaks won't eat themselves
Those Trump Steaks won’t eat themselves

There’s some really terrific news coming out of Donald Trump’s latest filings with the Federal Elections Commission. Oh sure, his campaign doesn’t have much cash. But this campaign has been GREAT for companies owned by Donald Trump and members of Donald Trump’s family!

As it turns out, when he said he was self-funding, he didn’t so much mean he was paying for his own campaign. He meant his campaign was funding him. By the end of May, the Trump campaign only had about $1.3 million cash on hand, compared to Hillary Clinton’s $42 million total cash on hand, which New York magazine helpfully notes is “roughly 32 times the available cash of the Trump campaign.” In terms of total fundraising, Clinton has raised about $240 million for her campaign since announcing, and Trump just $17 million. All those free hours and hours of coverage of Trump speeches by cable news has certainly helped him save a few pence on advertising, of course. In May, Trump only received $3.1 million, and spent $6.7 million. He also loaned his own campaign $2.2 million.

But the really fun stuff is just how much money went to companies owned by Donald Trump and his family. Let’s look at where that money ended up going! In May alone, Trump “paid at least $1.1 million to his businesses and family members in May for expenses associated with events and travel costs.” Let us count the ways!

  • $350,000 to a Trump-owned company, TAG Air (you know it stands for “Trump Air Group,” so it’s not only narcissistic, it’s redundant!) for keeping Trump’s planes and helicopters shuttling him around the country.
  • $423,372 for catering and rentals at Trump’s private club, Mar-A-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida. HuffPo notes that total, though paid out in May, “likely covers a number of campaign events Trump has staged there in recent months.” The Trump campaign didn’t reply to HuffPo’s request for an itemized list, if you can imagine that.
  • $125,080 to Trump Restaurants for rent and utilities.
  • $72,800 for rent and utilities to Trump Tower Commercial, where Trump’s campaign headquarters are located.
  • $35,845 to Trump National Golf Club, in Jupiter, Florida, for facilities rental and catering.
  • $29,715 to Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, also for facilities rental and catering.

So Florida’s definitely seeing an economic boost from this whole horror show.

Oh, and then there’s the $4,000 he paid to his son Eric’s wine company. That’s like pocket change. Or it would be for Hillary — Maybe in future months the Trump campaign may need to go easy on the vino. The New York Times notes that Trump has pledged not to take a salary if he becomes president. But while he’s running, he will: He paid himself $3,085, which is not CEO pay, but is still more than a slow-typing blogger gets (and, fine, FAR more than a slow-typing blogger earns).

If you don’t mind a bit of overlap (and apparently Donald doesn’t, haw-haw!), there’s also this fun list making its way around the tweeterz, although it only contains payments to businesses with “Trump” actually in the name:

trump payment list

So that’s some math — and we’ll close with this intriguing thought from Josh Marshall, editor of Talking Points Memo:

trump public financing tweet josh marshall

Why, yes, we believe now would be a good time to start drinking. It’s not like Trump didn’t warn us, after all. Way back in 2000, he infamously told Fortune magazine, “It’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it.”

[NYT / New York /HuffPo / WaPo / Fortune]

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  • dslindc

    *Forms company with Trump in its name*

    *sends invoice*

    • Creepoman

      Um, what do you have down for a PO box and zip code? . . . asking for a friend, who, uh, wants to send a card.

    • Ikimizi

      I had that idea. I’m going with Trump Polling Services.

      • Msgr_Moment

        Trump Dumpsters, GmbH.

    • Tio_Doidinho

      Trump Interspecies Breeding Services and Taco Emporium, LLC

      (Talk to my lawyers about pricing)

  • Belasaurius

    Grifters gotta grift

  • Joshua Norton

    Trump Cafe for $94? Seems a little pricey for a Taco Bowl.

  • Callyson

    And firing Corey Lewandowski will change all this and result in a new and improved candidate who will be helpful to the Republicans because…?

  • say wha

    Charles Ponzi meets his match.

  • Sheepshagger

    Well if the motherfucker giving money away am I gonna leave my hand in my pocket? Sheeeeeeeeeit.

  • Callyson

    Yo, Trump supporters? If he’s willing to cash in on campaign donations as a candidate, why the fuck should we believe he wouldn’t be a grifter with taxpayer dollars if he were to make it to the White House FFS?

    Oh, who am I kidding, someone who is delusional enough to support Trump isn’t going to have a good answer to that…

    • The Wanderer

      Nor will they care.

    • MarkM

      Or much of anything else, for that matter.

  • Scooby

    Ironically election law allows this but requires you charge at least market value so it can’t be an illegal donation. There is no provision for charging over market as they never thought anyone would try and earn a profit off their own campaign.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    I’m shocked! Shocked!

    “Your griftings, sir.”

    • BearGHAZI

      “Can I get those griftings in cash? I’ve got a little bit of a tax thing…”

  • OddMan

    I’ll say one thing, this is a whole other level of grifting. Making money off of being the worst presidential candidate ever.

    Trump might be the greatest, the greatest scam artist ever. He makes P.T. Barnum look like a piker.

    • The Wanderer

      At least Barnum tried to entertain people.

      • Callyson

        “Oh, come on–like I’ve never made anyone ROTFL!”

        – The Donald

        • cousin itt

          Are we not entertained?

          • MarkM

            Bring out the Christians…and the hungry lions!

      • Villago Delenda Est

        This is entertaining pretty much in the same way a 10 car pile up in the southbound lanes is.

        • The Wanderer

          To be honest . . . yes.

    • timpundit

      The Producers II.

      • Tio_Doidinho

        Jinx! (well you said it first)

    • Tio_Doidinho

      Suddenly “the Producers” is coming to mind…

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    Dear Sarah,

    THIS is how you grift the rubes. You’re a mere amatuer.

    Love, Donald “Littlefinger” Drumpf

    • Roadstergal

      Zippy and EQ, both with the perfect comment at the same time.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Zip gets an extra attaboy for the GoT AND short fingered vulgarian reference, though.

        • elviouslyqueer

          Yes, but I have italics and brevity going for me!

          • AntiDerpomeme

            HTML tags for the win!

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            It’s true- I didn’t wear my briefs

          • elviouslyqueer

          • OddMan

            Commando Comments for the win?

      • OddMan

        One of them should say, Jinx you owe me a Coke. and start counting.

  • elviouslyqueer

    Dear Snowbilly,

    This is how you play the grifting game.

    No love, as usual.

    EQ

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      lol

    • SisterArtemis

      So accurate, so sad….

  • Callyson
    • The Wanderer

      Hammer’s problem was too much posse.

      • arglebargle

        posse?

        • The Wanderer

          Trying for a double entendre there, and it doesn’t work well in print.

          • arglebargle

            I figured as much. I was going to reply with a joke involving cowboys and posse/pussy, but it’s a shitty joke.

          • The Wanderer

            They can’t all be winners. Gonna lose one or two, you just can’t get too attached . . .

          • ThePuckStopsHere

            It’s a long season.

          • bobbert

            Hey, it’s a classic.

          • Creepoman

            FWIW, I snickered.

      • asindc

        I laughed.

    • janecita

      MC Hammer was broke but likeable, Trump not so much,

      • YoBunnyBunny

        Hammer could dance. And rap. Even dance and rap at the same time.

        • Playonwords

          You just couldn’t touch him …

  • cousin itt

    Coming in Spring, 2017. Trump: The Art of the Steal

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      We’ve gone from ‘Steal This Book’ to ‘Steal This Campaign’

      from Abbie Hoffman to Abbie Normal…

    • SnarkTank

      Mrs. Clinton, on Twitter: “Trump has written a lot of books on business — but they all seem to end at Chapter 11.”

      • Callyson

      • Sheepshagger

        Ooh. Buy the man an aloe Vera plant he’ll need it.

  • Sheepshagger

    Is the takeaway here that the credulous troglodytes who make up the right wing base, people dumb enough to take ted haggard at his word and send creflo dollar a private jet, they aren’t dumb enough to finance trumps campaign? Because they seem to have cottoned on.

    • MarkM

      No, no, no…see, he told them he didn’t NEED their money, and they believed him.

    • elviouslyqueer

      Trump hasn’t quite mastered that whole “evangelist hair” thing yet.

      • Sheepshagger

        He’s no tammy Faye it’s true.

        • Callyson

          Her makeup was more subtle and polished, for one thing.

        • elviouslyqueer

          Or Jan Crouch. Bless her dead pinkhaired heart.

          • Sheepshagger

            Wow. My ex wife makes more sense now.

          • limberrat

            AHHHHHHHH MY EYES!!!!

          • Spotts1701

            I’ve heard of blowing out your hair. But I don’t think you’re supposed to use dynamite to do it.

          • ViveLaRes

            If Donald Trump and 10,000 tribbles had a baby…

          • calliecallie

            Tribbles so very libelz!!!!

          • Antonin Dvorak

            This is what happens when a 70 year old hasn’t yet come to grips that she has turned 40.

          • Good_Gawd_Yall

            WTF am I seeing?

          • Seek

            In short: the higher the hair, the closer to god

          • Tio_Doidinho

            Remember that line in the Bible where it says not to look directly at God or you’ll go blind/crazy?

            That.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Would-be donors may want to take note of where their money would be going.

    • MarkM

      Anyone considering donating to the Trump campaign deserves whatever they get.

      • FauxAntocles

        One every minute

      • AntiDerpomeme

        It’s a bunch of sheeple buying into the youge cult of personality, so I’m thinking they are cool with all of this.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        I would be worried that they’re wasting their kids’ college tuitions, but the evidence suggests that’s not a problem.

        • MarkM

          This is true…might cut into the malt liquor and scratch off ticket budget some though.

  • Callyson
  • Mr. Lambert

    This way, when Trump becomes the loser we all know him to be, he can say he made money off his failed presidential bid. And money is everything to Trump.

  • janecita

    Didn’t Ross Perot also made money during his presidential run?

    • Sheepshagger

      Ross was knocking over liquor stores with lee Atwater for years.

      • Notreelyhelping

        “Now, now, now, now, you put the stocking OVER your head!”

  • Callyson
    • Zippy W Pinhead

      That’s the best part- Drumpf’s anemic funding will force the RNC to spend money on him to match Clinton. Not only will he not make it rain for down ticket GOP Pols, he’s going to syphon money away from their races all across the country. The RNC will have to rob from all those congressional campaigns to keep Donnie boy afloat

      • SuspectedDemocrat

        The RNC is going to be using their dwindling funds to pay Trump’s family! Is there a Trump Popcorn company I can invest in?

      • Villago Delenda Est

        I don’t think this is going to happen. Someone with a brain must be at the RNC to stop this from happening…

        Oh, wait. Rinse Prebus. My bad.

        • Biel_ze_Bubba

          My bet is that they hang Donnie out to dry. Why throw money at a no-win situation?

          • Seek

            They will need to placate the Rubes. Pardon me, I meant the base. Trump said the RNC would pay and if they don’t make some sort of an effort when he loses badly in November the Rubes will be Angry, and you don’t want to see that.

          • bobbert

            Actually, I do want to see that.

      • YoBunnyBunny

        “Thanks, DONALD!!!!!!”

        ~DNC and All of Us, Too

  • Mpeg

    But will he still have enough hush money to keep Marla from dishing the dirt??

    • JustPixelz

      Perhaps a GoFundMe to reimburse Marla should Little Donnie claim breach of contract.

    • Gleem-McShinez

      If Hillary is as Crooked as Trump says, where’s the PAC funding a few lovely catered lunch chats with Ms. Marla?

  • x111e7thst

    grifters gotta grift

  • Ezio

    I wonder if he’ll go bankrupt before November.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      He’ll save money by not paying the vendors.
      Oh wait…

  • Fly

    With all the money Trump has, he still uses fake orange spray on cheeto dust.

    • Justno

      Heh. The tiny reasonably priced spa near me mocks him. Seriously. One of the massage therapists and the hair stylist both said whoever did that to Trump shouldn’t be allowed near humans.

      • Aquaria

        Do you think the tanning people have a say in how he looks. He thinks he looks terrific, and tells them to pile on the orange.

  • Msmlg1979

    Trump said women should make as much money as men “if they do as good a job”, implying, of course, that we usually don’t.

    Hillary has 32 times the available cash as Donald Trump. Now, I’m no mathematician, but that seems like a lot more! I can therefore conclude that Hillary Clinton, a woman, is kicking the shit out of Donald Trump, a man, at raising money.

    Who’s doing the best job now, Donny? You’re getting your ass kicked…by a girl.

    • Ezio

      B-b-but I thought he said part of the “beauty of him” was that he is “very rich”!?

    • AntiDerpomeme

      I almost created a few puppet accounts to upfist this a few more times.

      • Msmlg1979

        We should both do it, and gush over each other’s comments from our dummy accounts until everyone throws up.

        • AntiDerpomeme

          Honey, I love you! (In a completely non-sexual but online meaningful sort of way). Let the puke-fest commence!

          • Msmlg1979

            I love you in a totally sexual way, because of my (totally not weird) gargoyles with overbites fetish. *wink wink* ;)

          • proudgrampa

            All right, you two.

          • Gleem-McShinez

            Wonkers must maintain at least a thick book’s distance between the two non-existent comments.

            -Wonket Chaperone Guidebook

          • proudgrampa

            Chapter 2, paragraph 3, subparagraph b. Yup. It’s right there!

          • BigBoppa

            Did someone say they’re hot for gargoyles??

          • Msmlg1979

            Got it bad, got it bad, got it bad..I’m hawt for gargoyles…

          • BigBoppa

            Well then…how you doin’?

          • Msmlg1979

            Be gentle with me! One of those Notre Dame bastards broke my heart.

          • bobbert

            Jeez, I was just up at the top of Notre Dame last week. You’d love those gargoyles.

          • Msmlg1979

            That must have been an amazing sight!

          • AntiDerpomeme

            And my pretty hair, also too? And your eyeball is divine, natch. (Is it weird to mention that I’m envious of those sculpted eyebrows?)

          • TJ Barke

            Those are some really hot eyebrows alright.

          • H0mer0

            I’m sure an eyebrow sculptor can help with that:
            https://youtu.be/v0leCYCcVQo

          • Msmlg1979

            Your hair is beautiful, and it makes your rack, I mean horns, look huge!

            Not weird at all, and thank you!

    • SuspectedDemocrat

      Yeah but he’s getting paid more. She’s barely funneled anything into family shell corporations. Sad!

      • Msmlg1979

        She’s wealthy as fuck WITHOUT stealing!

    • Ima Witstüp

      She pays taxes on her income. Pathetic!

    • YoBunnyBunny

      That’s right, Drumpf? Hillary has always been a failure but she’s kicking his ass up and down the campaign trail, and Drumpf had an operating head start!

      I couldn’t have a nominated a better knuckledragging specimen to get his ass canned by the first bad ass lady presidential candidate. Ladies, this will be glorious.

      • Msmlg1979

        My head really may explode during the first debate, and just continue to erupt like a volcano til this is over.

  • JVisconti

    I’ll take a bottle of that Eric Trump pinot noir waiter, one manufactured in 1997.

    • The Wanderer

      “1982 Ripple Blanc.”

    • Msmlg1979

      Mmmmm..fermented grape jelly and sewer water…

    • Callyson

      Be sure to add plenty of oil to that salad when you pour the Eric Trump vinegar into it.

  • SuspectedDemocrat

    His credit is so bad, the Koch brothers are demanding legislation up front.

  • Callyson
    • chicken thief

      I’d lay off the tweet barbs if I was Hillary. It’s waging a war to his strength. He’ll smack her down like he did after her ‘delete your account’ tweet.

  • Scooby
    • SuspectedDemocrat

      My prayers have been answered. There really IS a god!

      • Scooby

        If can get Louie Gohmert that’s the Full Monty

        • Sheepshagger

          Louis G for turnip outreach.

          • SuspectedDemocrat

            Ambassador of Asparagus

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          three halfwits and they are still witless

          • Scooby

            3 halves make a hole

        • Ikimizi

          Exactly. He’s already got Sarah. Maybe next he can get Gordon Klingenschmidt?

      • JVisconti

        Those Trump Communion Crackers will only be the best.

    • The Wanderer

      (sprays soda) Holy Hastur’s Hairpiece.

    • arglebargle

      YES!!! My avatar will never die. Bwahahahaha.

      • proudgrampa

        Oh Argle, I love your Bargle!

      • calliecallie

        This is your doing! You were just talking about changing the avatar the other day.

        • arglebargle

          IKR. Every time I think I’ve squeezed as much life as possible outta this thing she rears her ugly head. Well, the inside is ugly at least. Full disclosure; I stoled it from an post right here on the Wonkettes. I figure it was okay as I was joining Disqus just so I could not comment here. This has the extent of my social media interaction experiment.

    • arglebargle

      This doubles as LGBT outreach with Marcus onboard as well.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Bachmann Turnip Overdrive

      • Antonin Dvorak

        You ain’t been paid nothing yet, b-b-b-baby!

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          Taking care of griftness

          • Msgr_Moment

            Guess he’s looking out for #1.

        • Playonwords

          I’m ashamed of you, you have insulted your screen name!!!

      • Querolous

        Bachmann Trunip Overcomb?

    • MrBlobfish

      He just wants to stare at her ass as she walks down the hall.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        unlike Marcus

      • chicken thief

        And watch her eat corn dogs.

        • MrBlobfish

          I await the obligatory goin’ down on a corn dog photos from this summer’s state fairs. Come to think of it, does Trump even do stuff like that? Go out and press the flesh? It seems like all he does is fly in somewhere, hold a rally, then fly home.

    • Playonwords

      Oh – Fuck,

      Bachman as VP?

      • bobbert

        Ahahahahahahahahahahaha.
        *snort*
        Life could not be so great.

    • Tio_Doidinho

      Will Marcus come along to help Turnip with The Gays?

  • YoBunnyBunny

    See, this is the little problem with claiming to be “self-funded”. I really think Trump was dumb enough to believe that his Billion-Dollar Yoooge Self-Worth Appraisal mean’t that he’d never have to fund raise. Now he’s broke and he’s pissed away valuable time telling the GOP “I Got Mine, Fuck YOU!!!!”. I at least give those other GOP shitbirds credit for finding their sugar daddies early.

  • Callyson

    Mr. Trump, who has said he will not take a salary if he is elected president

    “Salaries are for little people–skimming off the top is where it’s at!”

    – The Donald

    • Sheepshagger

      Now I get why he doesn’t want to cut social security. Old Roy Cohn must’ve educated don is about the pension scam.

  • Scooby

    Next he’ll send all staffers to Trump U.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Good morning campers!

      I’m your uncle Donnie!

  • DoILookAmused2u ?

    Yes Doc.

    You were a bit the slow typist on this one, but better later than nevers :)

    Self-funding == Funding-self

    Same-same.

    And for those mocking a staff of 30: That’s a pretty big crew for a grift.

    • JustPixelz

      ++ for C syntax

      • Msgr_Moment

        ICWYDT.

    • wurman

      Henry Gondorff had a bigger krew in “The Sting.” Mordecai C. Jones in “The Flim Flam Man” had a much better HR department and did not need as many personnel for his smaller scams.

  • MrBlobfish

    1 Weird Trick

    • Msgr_Moment

      Needs moar sideboob.

  • Spotts1701

    I’m not shocked he’s skinning the rubes – that’s been his MO forever. The problem this time is that he has to file a paper trail which shows exactly how and for how much, and a good con artist never lets the mark see anything they don’t want them to see.

    • BosGrl

      They still won’t care. He says what they want to hear; if he makes money along the way, it doesn’t matter to them.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Hell, they think it’s a sign of his genius.

  • Blackest Noobs

    seeing how much he has paid himself it makes me re-think those conspiracy theories that Trump really isn’t in IT to WIN IT….it doesn’t totally confirm said theories but it’s starting to look like they were right on the money about this asshole.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    Tiny hands

    Tiny warchest

    maybe Rubio was right

  • Joe Beese

    @realDonaldTrump 3h3 hours ago

    I am “the king of debt.”That has been great for me as a businessman, but is bad for the country. I made a fortune off of debt, will fix U.S.

    • Msgr_Moment

      Like I said before: “I am…bad for the country.” — Deadbeat J. Trump.

  • Callyson

    Among Trump’s theoretical peers, which is to say other rich business people, the situation is different. When FORTUNE asked several thousand of them to rank 469 companies for its 1999 list of Most Admired Companies, they put Trump’s casino company dead last. More specifically, they ranked it worst in quality of management, use of corporate assets, employee talent, long-term investment value, and social responsibility.

    “So don’t say we didn’t try to warn you!”

    – Other rich business people

    • Rick Hill

      They’d still suck his big toe if it meant a profit for them(Remembering those folks have so much money it couldn’t be spent in a lifetime, even at a rate of thousands spent every day)

  • Playonwords

    I thought businesses supporting a candidate gave their facilities for free as a sort of donation. Doesn’t that mean Donald’s businesses do not support Donald Trump??/

  • Sardonicuss

    Don’t look at that! Hey, look over here:
    Trump questions Clinton’s religion
    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/284281-trump-questions-clintons-religion

    • Playonwords

      Bwahahahahahah

      Projecting like an IMAX

      • SullivanSt

        Bigly?

    • Callyson

      “Oh, for fuck’s sake.”

      – God

      • mailman27

        He’s saying that a lot lately.

    • Ezio

      > Gets upset that the Pope is “judging” him for questioning his religion
      > Does the same exact thing himself

    • Joe Beese

      “And we can’t be, again, politically correct and say we pray for all of our leaders, because all of your leaders are selling Christianity down the tubes, selling the evangelicals down the tubes,” Trump said. “And it’s a very, very, very, very bad thing that’s happening.”

      Soaring eloquence.

      • SuspectedDemocrat

        The Internet. It’s a series of downward tubes.

      • Sardonicuss

        From the book of ramen and the two Corinthians.

      • YoBunnyBunny

        That actually reminds me of a homework assignment that either me or my twin had to write in first grade. The assignment had to be a certain length, so one of us wrote “really, really, really, really, really, really, really…” ad nauseam for like a whole page.

        ETA: Trump basically reminds me of a 1st-grader. Except 1st graders have room for improvement.

      • limberrat

        I think English teachers need to create a PAC called “English Teachers Against Orange Skinned Presidental Candidates Inability to Form a Coherent Sentence”

        • Good_Gawd_Yall

          Except it would be called (as I don my pedant hat): “English Teachers Against Orange-Skinned Presidential Candidate’s Inability to Form a Coherent Sentence.”

          • Querolous

            This group is in opposition to only one particular candidate?

      • mailman27

        Hey, “evangelicals” has five syllables!

    • limberrat

      So tell me more about what church you attend and your one single marriage…oh wait!

      • SullivanSt

        Yes where does he get his little crackers?

        • Gleem-McShinez

          Have you seen his supporters? They aren’t little.

    • Astraea

      “I said, ‘Well, you can pray for your leaders’ — and I agree with that, pray for everyone — but what you really have to do is pray to get everybody out to vote for one specific person.

      “And we can’t be, again, politically correct and say we pray for all of our leaders, because all of your leaders are selling Christianity down the tubes, selling the evangelicals down the tubes,”

      • Astraea

        I really should read below before I get carried away.

    • Justno

      Two Corinthians!

      • Sardonicuss

        “He shall tithith unto himself”

        • H0mer0

          did not the Rmoney follow that rule himself?

    • TJ Barke

      Probable nonbeliever calls other probable nonbeliever a nonbeliever!

      • SullivanSt

        Clinton not actually a “probable nonbeliever”.

        • TJ Barke

          So? I don’t actually care. As long as she doesn’t hate gays and call for new crusades I don’t give a fuck.

          • SullivanSt

            Point is it’s the pot calling the driven snow black.

          • Good_Gawd_Yall

            As in, “There shall be no religious test” to determine fitness for office, which would be a nice concept if we’d follow it?

    • ViveLaRes

      Matthew 6:6…..But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

      Fuck you, Turnip.

  • Creepoman

    Trump “also loaned his own campaign $2.2 million.”

    I can’t wait until he finds about what happens to people stupid enough to loan him money!

    • Sheepshagger

      “Heh I wouldn’t like to be that idiot Trump when he finds out I’ve folded my campaign and scuttled back to New York. What an idiot ! Hey, wait a minute…..”

    • DoILookAmused2u ?

      Did he loan his campaign “cash” or services, etc?

    • @ 18% interest, compounded daily.

      • Querolous

        Taking lessons from DWC?

    • Reddishrabbit

      Trump v Trump
      The yooogest cclassiest lawsuit ever. And Trump will win!

  • JustPixelz

    Coincidentally Little Donnie’s favorite movie is “The Producers”.

    • Ezio

      And his idol is probably Lex Luthor…

      • H0mer0

        Hackman, Ontkean or Eisenberg?

        • greyXstar

          I could be wrong but I seem to remember reading that Hackman’s Luthor was partly based on Trump.

    • Steven M. Harries

      And it will be fun watching his white-supremacist followers and irving Kristol’s pathetic son chowing down together on Bialystock and Lox.

  • I have a begrudging respect for the old conman’s ability to fleece money out of any situation.

    I still wish poverty, disgrace, and unhappiness upon him.

    • Steven M. Harries

      I wish poverty, disgrace, and unhappiness upon all the ignorant fascist racists who made him possible. And the insipid media.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        They’re already there. Poverty, disgrace, and unhappiness are what make a Trumpanzee.

    • Tio_Doidinho

      Poverty, disgrace, unhappiness and 10-15 years in “back-door greeting committee” prison, if you please.

      • MrCanoehead

        That’s not compatible with The Rules. Besides, given a choice between public humiliation and prison rape, Trump would say, “Whoops, that soap is slippery!”

        • Tio_Doidinho

          But I’m wishing actions to be committed, I’m wishing for circumstances. That’s kosher innit?

  • tehbaddr

    ~~~

  • JMP

    “It’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it.”

    But a lot of grifters have made money off fake runs for President since then; Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee (twice), Herman Caine, Newt Gingrich, hell in 2011 the Wasilla Quitter managed to make money off saying she was planning on running for President without even having to launch an actual fake campaign. The majority of Republican candidates for the past several election have been there just to make money.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      They’re tapping into the same vein as the televangelists. The gullible and frankly, stupid.

      • JMP

        Who would have thought that the ranks of people taught to believe that whatever an old book says is true, and to deny proven scientific fact like climate change and evolution, would be full of gullible morons?

  • Incoming Ham

    At some point even Evangelicals are going to say “Hey, ya know, Even though Trump invokes The Lord Our God (tM), this guy may be full of shit.”

    • SuspectedDemocrat

      Oh please. If they haven’t said, “This guy may be full of shit” in the past 2,000 years, they’re not going to start now.

    • Ezio

      The sad thing is many American Christians (and this goes for Catholics and Evangelicals) have bought into the GOP’s rhetoric hook, line and sinker. They really believe Trump, Bachmann, Huckabee and all them are looking out for their interests. And I say this as a Christian myself. :/

    • limberrat

      As a former evangelical, I still talk to friends who stayed in the church and they legitimately believe a lot of the bullshit fed to them. You point out verses pointing to false prophets or teachers and they keep believing that these people aren’t lying to them.

      • Incoming Ham

        It’s easier than thinking for themselves.

    • Lefty Frizzell

      He’s full of shit, but they don’t give a shit. Nobody could possibly fall for his pathetic attempts at christian bona fides. They simply don’t care, not even that he’s hard to pin down on abortion and gay marriage, because it’s all about race. Christianity was only ever the fig leaf. It’s always about race.

      • Spotts1701

        Meanwhile, “Two Corinthians” Trump lobs grenades about how we don’t know anything about Hillary’s religion. Even though she’s spoken publicly many times and at length about her Methodist upbringing and faith.

        • Bitter Scribe

          Pfft. Methodists. They’re like one step ahead of Unitarians, who are practically atheists.

  • Rick Hill

    How many wealthy republicans will do any work with him/actively try to torpedo him if he shows he used the nomination process and the republican party to run his own con?

  • JustPixelz

    Trump is bribing himself. That means if elected* Trump will only act to benefit Trump wants. As usual.
    _______________________________
    * I threw up in my mouth

    • anwisok

      And you are just learning this now?

  • Indiepalin

    Trump’s new campaign manager is named Virginia Acquisitions

    • SuspectedDemocrat

      And his spokesmodel’s full name is Hope the Hicks Don’t Wise Up.

  • BigBoppa
    • proudgrampa

      Now THAT is hilarious!!!!!

      Oh, those Mad Men!

  • Duke

    “I’m proud to be an American, ’cause at leat I know I’m free…”

    to spend my campaign fund on myself.

    I’d forgotten about the public financing. I’ll guess that Trump hasn’t.

  • janecita

    Have you guys seeing this video?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_GHUz_v5R0

    • Astraea

      This is disturbing

      • DoILookAmused2u ?

        Ya think?

      • janecita

        Poor kid, so young, so brain washed!

      • proudgrampa

        Very.

    • Duke

      Love mom’s accent. You can actually hear the tacky gold purse.

      • Blackest Noobs

        oh cool more Hitler, i mean, Trump Youth, just fucking fantastic!

        • Msgr_Moment

          I find your lack of faith disturbing.

    • limberrat

      She’s going to be sorely disappointed when he only rates her a 6.

    • Msgr_Moment

      The future ex- Mrs. Trump, clearly.

    • BigBoppa

      I hope the mother posts a follow-up video when trump loses. The tears will be extra delicious.

    • m3bosha

      Holy shit, that is some bad accent. Oops. Parenting. Bad parenting.

    • This seems like it could be one of those “poorly educated” he’s so fond of.

    • SeeTrain65

      This is the kind of devotion you normally see at parades in Pyongyang.

    • Aquaria

      Wouldn’t this count as child abuse?

      And those are some seriously ugly kids.

  • This seems like the sort of thing that if it isn’t already illegal, it really should be made bigly, bigly illegal..

  • Astraea
    • Blackest Noobs

      double points for Capt John Hart!

      woot-woot Dr. Who spin-off series ( and gosh honestly why did they never do a Hart and Harkness spin-off)

      • Astraea

        It was for everyone’s own good. Who could handle that much charisma on a regular basis?

        • Grizz1y

          I recently re-watched the musical version of “The Producers,” and when the pretty Nazi-poster-boy tenor started singing I thought he looks really familiar, then I realized it was John Barrowman with blond hair. Quelle Surprise, the man can really sing.

          • Astraea

            He’s a fantastic singer! I didn’t know he was in The Producers, I’m going to have to go find it.

    • malsperanza

      I stick with the classics

  • Fartknocker
  • calliecallie

    Narcissistic, redundant and broke is no way to go through life, son.

  • Fly

    Trump, the art of the steal.

  • JoeChristmas

    At least he’s not trustworthy.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    King Con

  • JoeChristmas

    I can proudly say as freedom loving American, I have never spent a cent at a Trump Whatever on a Trump Whatever.

  • SuspectedDemocrat

    The budget for Trump Popcorn gets bigger by the day.

  • JustDon’tSayDittos

    OT, but my workplace is on lockdown. Guess why!

    • SuspectedDemocrat

      The NRA protecting your Freedom?

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      Oh, I should say don’t worry, it looks like it’s going to end quietly enough

    • Astraea

      Obama?

    • arglebargle

      Holy Shit. It better be cause Trump is dropping by.

    • Jenny

      Ebola??

    • OrdinaryJoe

      Somebody exercising their NRA protected right to terrorize their neighbors?

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      This is fun! Keep guessing!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      They discovered that somehow the company’s name got on the Drumpf for President campaign report?

      • JustDon’tSayDittos

        Oh, so not happening here, thank FSM!

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      Hint: I work near Camp Parks, CA

      • Objectifer

        Prolly a gun-free zone. You should be afraid, very afraid.

        • limberrat

          It’s only a military reserve base…toootally gun free.

          • JustDon’tSayDittos

            Seriously, when they shoot off one of those big guns, it shakes the whole building.

    • limberrat
      • YoBunnyBunny

        Is Cleetus gonna start the revolution early all by hisself…

        • limberrat

          In the Bay Area of all places!

          • YoBunnyBunny

            Pfft! Cleetus just knows those queer commie libruls have gun-free zones and will cower in their Ikea-decorated homes before they try to stop him. Just you see…

        • JustDon’tSayDittos

          You’re thinking of Stockton. This is Dublin, so it’s more likely Chaz or Trevor.

      • JustDon’tSayDittos

        yup, that’s the only news I can find.
        Fuck it, it’s hot outside anyway.

        • limberrat

          Stay safe…now I gotta let the wife know with family in the Tri-Valley.

          • JustDon’tSayDittos

            FWIW, it looks like non-event. Though they still haven’t put out an all-clear.

        • Suse

          Wait – whut? I live right across Dougherty from
          Camp Parks. I haven’t heard a thing.

          • JustDon’tSayDittos

            I’m near where Gleasson and Hacienda meet, and the rumor is they told this whole office complex to stay inside. Just relaxed it to ‘only use the front door, and feel free to ask for an escort’.

    • limberrat

      Wait, did Carrie, Grant, and Torry break into the bomb range to be nostalgic?

      • JustDon’tSayDittos

        Were they on Mythbusters? Cuz if so, yeah, maybe.

        • limberrat

          Yes, they were the underlings that eventually became part of the show doing their own myths. They were behind the accident with the cannon ball through the house.

          • JustDon’tSayDittos

            I was at work that day. That was a really fucking loud kaboom!

    • chicken thief

      Someone screamed “DITTOS!”?

      • JustDon’tSayDittos

        hahahahahahahahahahahahahah!
        You win the internetz

    • Walter Wellstone

      Stay safe.

    • SeeTrain65

      The cafeteria served the bad egg salad?

      • JustDon’tSayDittos

        there’s good egg salad? who knew?

    • Gleem-McShinez

      IT left the porn filters off today?

      • JustDon’tSayDittos

        only for themselves, selfish bastards

    • Cindyinencinitas

      There’s a North Korean drone in the area?

      • JustDon’tSayDittos

        *looks out window*
        I don’t see any debris, so I doubt it. A drug cartel drone, however…well, we are pretty close to the county lockup. You may be on to something.

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      Thanks, everyone, for playing in today’s installment of “What Da Fuck Gwyne On Heah?”

    • malsperanza

      Active shooter alert?
      Republicans in the building?
      Those damn Girl Scouts and their cookies?

    • phoenix00

      Coffeemaker died again?

      • JustDon’tSayDittos

        That wouldn’t result in a lockdown. That would result in sit-in.

        • phoenix00

          You don’t know me (or certain colleagues) well enough. Actions provoked by lack of functioning coffeemaker can easily result in lockdown.

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      Best answer has to be chickenthief’s
      limberrat figured it out after I dropped a hint.
      then apparently the whole incident fizzled into a shoulder-shrug.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    I feel like this whole thing is about 72 hours from having all the wheels come off the train.

    • ME TOO!!! But how?

      • Cindyinencinitas

        Some talking head will hopefully connect the dots and conclude that Trump is only in this any more to suck as much money out of the situation as he can. It’s only a matter of time before the olds in their trailers who sent him $11.57 look up from the teevee and say hey, wait a minute…

      • malsperanza

        They’re just waiting for a really stinky legal scandal to erupt. Then some strong, authoritative, respected leader with a reputation for patriotism and probity from within the GOP–an elder statesman, if you will–will step forward and announce that Turnip is too too inexperienced and too mired in legal problems to go forward as the nominee. He or she will speak eloquently of the need to think first about the nation and the future, and will invite all the ire of the Trumpaholics to fall on his or her own shoulders, taking the hit, and leaving the party free to open up the convention to new candidates.

        Of course, this scenario depends on the GOP having at least one strong, authoritative, respected leader with a reputation for patriotism and probity.

        Haahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • SullivanSt

    He paid himself $3,085

    Not sure where you get that number.

    Exerpts from the filing
    5/1 he paid himself $5,297.45
    5/5 $2,574.43
    5/14 $3,706.98
    5/19 $2,574.43

    The striking thing about the payments is that for every payment to himself, there appears to be identical (to the cent) payments on the same date for one or more of: Trump Tower Commercial, LLC; Keith Schiller; and Trump Payroll Corp.

    • doktorzoom

      I went from the NYT, not the filings. Where they got it…

  • arglebargle

    This fucker better keep the grift going at least until the election. I was promised chaos in the streets, cities on fire, dogs and cats sleeping together, goddammit.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Dumpsters on fire…inside dumpsters

      • TJ Barke

        Trumpsterfire.

    • anwisok

      Late Sept, then announce “I am not running, and if elected I will not serve.” You want chaos? That’d give you all the chaos you could possibly hope for!

    • Will there be dragons??? I hope there are dragons!!

      • Cindyinencinitas

        Dragons, maybe. Trumpzilla, certainly.

  • NotMamaDolemite

    Be careful now! Writing such things could have you thrown into a psych ward! (For your own well-being, of course.) Seriously, though, how is this in any way news? Everyone knows this, and the ones who refuse to believe it won’t be persuaded, whatever evidence you show them. They BELIEVE. Sad!

  • Walter Wellstone

    Oh the trolling on WaPo. There’s some TrumpDynasty2016-2048 motherfucker there that’s annoying the shit out of everyone. Fun times.

  • In the Depression you HAD to grift, that or work…

  • calliecallie

    Since we can’t get gun control legislation, let’s focus on campaign finance reform, how about?

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      “Let’s not”

      -SCOTUS

  • Malmborg Implano

    I think Hillary should start calling him Crooked Donald.

    • You know, ‘short fingered vulgarian’ never gets old.

      • Relativicus

        Too low brow.

        • Cindyinencinitas

          I’ll always be partial to That One.

    • Playonwords

      Nope, reversal would be better
      Donald Dirty
      Don Shady
      Trump Twister
      Don the Cheat

    • King of America

      “Poor Donald”

      • MrCanoehead

        Ooh, good! Not just “poor” as in “poorhouse”, but “aw, poor Donald.”
        If he’s thin skinned now, wait till she gets condescending.

        • King of America

          It works on two levels at once, or three if you count that it will drive him nuts.

      • bobbert

        Oooooh. That is excellent.

    • malsperanza

      No need, the media will do that for her. And why should she imitate his cheap tactics?

  • Logic of Color

    Why did Trump name his airline like it was a Palin kid?

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      Great grifters think alike!

    • SeeTrain65

      Or a Romney.

  • Cheesus Crust

    Scampaign (h/t DKos)

    • King of America

      it’s Rick Wilson who’s made that popular recently, although the term itself seems to date back months or years.

  • chicken thief

    I kinda wish that Trump would hold off for another month or two before fully imploding. He is still only ‘the presumptive’ nominee. They could still switch horses at the convention.

    • ViveLaRes

      No kidding. Giddy-up…

      • Astraea

        He missed his calling as an extra on Queer as Folk.

        • JohnW

          We don’t want him!

          • Astraea

            But just think, we never would have heard him speak.

        • Tio_Doidinho

          Odd, not remembering QAF having a “closeted douchebro with an Ayn Rand fetish” character.

      • TeeRaak

        40?????

        I’m skinnier and older than Ryan and I lift 40’s as a warmup

    • Relativicus

      Say some craziness happens at the convention, Trump is successfully ousted, and the loss of life falls within an acceptable range (i.e. 100 or so proles, 2-3 of the elites, or a Congressman with a paper cut), what next? Who steps in and saves this train wreck for the GOP? Money won’t be a problem. But the candidate…?

      • chicken thief

        The only person I can think of that has any cred with the Gang of 40 Teatards or whatever they call themselves as well as some main stream support is, as someone noted, Ryan. Maybe Scott Walker. One of those two with Lyin Ted as veep to rally the fungelicals?

        What scares me is that with the horrible couple of weeks Trump has had, he is still hanging in there. Hillary’s negatives are so high that against a ‘normal’ opponent she could very well lose. Let Trump, with his even higher negatives get through the convention then go into total melt down.

        • malsperanza

          Hillary’s negatives are high among white men over 50. That’s all. That demographic stopped voting for Democrats 30 years ago. The hype about Clinton’s negative numbers is a lot of hooey, partly because national polls have close to zero credibility at this stage.

          She is not going to lose. It is never a cakewalk, but she will be fine.

          ETA: the only thing that bothers me is that Ryan or Romney will try to look sane and centrist by comparison with Turnip. Which is why I look forward to Cruz and Rubio both making a play for the nomination.

      • King of America

        It doesn’t even matter if they can come up with a name, because Cruz – probably equally unelectable – is going to try to force his way in if there’s any blood in the water. In short, there’s no scenario that isn’t going to be hilariously entertaining.

  • Jgb979
    • hendenburg2

      It gets weirder… Someone from Slate actually went to Draper Sterling’s address…

      http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/06/21/what_is_draper_sterling_we_knocked_on_the_door_to_find_out.html

      • TeeRaak

        I also spoke with a garrulous, handsy German man who identified himself as Adkins’ father-in-law; when I asked him if he’d heard of Draper Sterling, he replied, “Yes,” but added, “I don’t know nothing.

        The Perfect Trump Employee/Voter/Donor.

    • cat cafe

      It’s a terrible scam, too, with all kinds of bizarre money laundering and fraud going on.

      • malsperanza

        Fake medical products … always a winner with the scammers. Next up: cancer cures from apricot pits.

        • Querolous

          GMOpigskin for human transplants? Wonder what the Imams and Rabbis would have to say.

          • malsperanza

            I think pig bits are commonly used in some kinds of transplants, like heart valves. And pig bits are the basic material from which many medicines are made. Don’t know the biochemistry behind that, but it does make problems for observant Jews and Muslims.

            Something tells me that this guy’s product is not altogether reliable, though.

    • MyLovelyNose

      Why is everyone in that photo ducklips?

  • Astraea

    I just drove home from work, listening to NPR in the car. Apparently all this stuff Trump has been spewing today bout Clinton using the State Dept as her private Hedge Fund, and how he knows debt isn’t good for America but debt has made him rich and he’ll fix America is from his new “rapid response team.”

    l o l

    • Spotts1701

      Aren’t rapid response teams supposed to put fires out instead of starting them?

      • Astraea

        I suspect the “team” is Trump on Twitter and maybe one of his kids writing press releases.

        • doktorzoom

          John Baron and John Miller are both very busy today.

          Not to mention John Small Berries and John Many Jars.

          • edith prickly

            John Whorfin libel!!

          • eddi

            “Big Bootay!”

  • ViveLaRes

    Wine Manufacturing? How classy.

    • JD Mulvey

      All those posers in Napa Valley WISH they could be in Virginia, where wine is great again.

    • SuspectedDemocrat

      He has a yooge wine factory.

      • eddi

        I found a picture of it.

      • Call Me Al

        Does Don Jr. own the factory where they make the little crackers?

        • MrCanoehead

          And those cakes we like?

    • Cindyinencinitas

      Doesn’t it take you back to those summer days in Avignon?

      • cat cafe

        “Oui, j’avais le vin, grandement!”

        • bobbert

          Upfist for grandement.

          • MyLovelyNose

            Is that French for “bigly”?

        • MyLovelyNose

          J’ai preparé le soupe!

          Only French phrase I know besides “mon cul.”

    • Shoto

      To be fair, the “wine” is used as a solvent / degreaser when acetone won’t do the job.

    • Tio_Doidinho

      “WARNING: beverage may contain grape and grape-adjacent flavoring ingredients.”

  • Markuserektus

    More fecal matter for the rotating oscillator: http://usuncut.com/news/trump-lawsuit-13-year-old-rape/

    • Shoto

      “…The lawsuit’s next step is to persuade a federal judge to waive the
      five-year statute of limitations on civil rape cases in New York…”

      Here’s hoping the judge does the right thing. As for Jane Doe? Find a lawyer to handle the paperwork. I’m sure there are plenty of them floating around who’d be happy to take the case pro bono…

    • TeeRaak

      Come on.

      What Republican hasn’t raped a few 13 year olds?

  • Jukesgrrl

    I’m sure he had to wipe his own ass sometime during the month of May. Did he pay himself for that? And not to mention buying the wipes. I’m sure they need to be yoooge.

  • commatoes

    Though, I wonder what it will do to his brand if he loses big. His whole brand is centered on winning and always having the upper hand/position of power. If it is a rout and infects the down ballot races (I’m shaking my head at you, John McCain), he will have been the architect of a wholesale disaster. Than is not part of a successful marketing strategy.

    • doktorzoom

      Cash out and fleece the True Believers forever. Sarah Palin has already tested the business model with a high degree of success.

      • commatoes

        I think though, that Sarah Palin’s celebrity has the shelf life of sushi… in Louisiana… during the summer… resting on the dash of a car. The nut jobs that hold her in high esteem (y’know for having at least a couple somewhat functioning brain cells), do not amount to much. How much outcry was there when Roger Ailes gave her the boot? Is there any significant portion of the population that want her back on Fox… in politics??

        • King of America

          Trump is far better at grifting than Palin. He could probably nurse their resentments and prejudices for at least 4-5 years before the money starts to taper off.

    • Jukesgrrl

      It’s already happening. According to NPR, “Among people with household incomes over $150,000 a year, the number who equate Trump with being ‘upper class’ fell by 53 percent in the past two years…” U.S. Uncut quotes a study showing that overall Trump’s hotel business has gone done 59% since this time last year. The only property he owns that is holding steady in terms of bookings is the Trump International Hotel in Waikiki. His hotel in Soho NYC leads the losses with bookings dropping 74%. His International Hotel in Las Vegas has bookings down 71%.

      Reuters reports that even his personal investments are down compared to investment industry averages. Asked about their findings, Trump disagreed telling Reuters his stock picks have done well recently. Some experts who examined Trump’s portfolio were not impressed. One said, “Mr. Trump’s investing prowess is very pedestrian.”

      • MrCanoehead

        If his hotel bookings keep plummeting, can we look forward to some bargain basement room rates, and special promotions?

        Free dinner for two: MAKE AMERICA DATE AGAIN
        Extended checkout hours: MAKE AMERICA LATE AGAIN
        Fishing excursions off Hawai’i! MAKE AMERICA BAIT AGAIN
        Free pool toys for the kids: MAKE AMERICA INFLATE AGAIN

        • MyLovelyNose

          Free food checking: MAKE AMERICA PLATE AGAIN.

    • handyhippie65

      but, it is in line with the trump strategy. run up a lot of debt, then file bankruptcy. it’s just good business.

    • Delu

      He’ll just do whatever he did with his many other failures in the past. They never did affect his brand now did they?

      And there are loads of others to blame for his failures.

    • malsperanza

      I don’t think he gives a toss about his “brand.” Almost all of his deals and arrangements are about pulling cash out of the project, whether it succeeds or fails. His casinos failed; several real-estate mega-developments have failed. He doesn’t care.

    • Hemp Dogbane

      The Trump brand is based on wishful thinking on the part of morons.

  • chascates

    What interest rate does Trump charge himself? And can he write off his bad debts against his other holdings? Maybe someone should take a look at that income tax return.

    • eddi

      A dozen IRS auditors have already been carried out in straitjackets.

  • Lark_in_the_AM

    Trump “paid at least $1.1 million to his businesses and family members in May for expenses associated with events and travel costs.”

    He had to pay for his family members to show up at his rallies? Sad!

  • King of America

    One week of TV ads in Florida, at the prices campaigns pay* (but including the premium he’d have to pay that Hillary doesn’t because her campaign booked their time weeks or months ago) would probably cost him just under $2M. In other words, he can’t even afford to run ads in the single most important swing state right now, let alone fund the rest of his campaign. Any advertising is going to have to be run by external PACs, and the odds of his incompetent crew NOT getting busted trying to coordinate that are pretty slim.

    * which is less than what PACs pay.

    • Claire Carton

      Well, I assume Florida is broken up into DMAs (never placed media there but I’m sure it’s Miami, Tampa in different markets at least) and I imagine it’s not cheap so I think you are on the low low end there. Same outcome though, I guess.

      • King of America

        To be clear, I’m just guesstimating – I can’t imagine it will cost LESS than $2M, and he has $1.3M on hand total.

        Also I realise now that I meant this comment to be for the story about Trump having no money, although in a very real way they’re all that story.

        • MyLovelyNose

          I think Trump is going to find some well of cash somewhere. Some big Republican donor is going to step in, and Trump will be all, “You’ll have a seat at the table,” which will be a lie, and then he’ll siphon off the cash for himself and the RNC will muddle through somehow. “Trump wants more money.” “. . . how much?”

    • Rightazz

      Perhaps you should check the communication law regarding political add time and costs before you post uneducated stupid comments.
      DOES THAT HELP DUMB AS ROCK

      • King of America

        wow.

      • Tio_Doidinho

        You type angry. Eat a cookie bubbe, you’ll feel better.

      • LadyLaz

        Insulting people’s intelligence does not work when you misspell “ad.”

    • MrCanoehead

      He’s probably counting on the PACs buying his ads for him. Between that and the free coverage he gets just for being a candidate and for saying outrageous things, why spend his own money? First rule of being Trump: never spend your own money.

  • handyhippie65

    and here i thought he would file bankruptcy after he looses.

    • eddi

      Trump knows to the second when to declare insolvency. Then pay his loans at deep discounts. He may never have a successful business but he always ends up with more money than he started with.
      This time he is not even worried about having to pay back any money. Just grab that campaign cash and stuff every pocket in his cheap suit.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    $607.59 at Trump Grill. That’s a LOT of Taco Bowls.

    • Shoto

      Technically, taco bowls have little walls around the ingredients. Why didn’t he make the Mexicans pay for it?

      • JurisGal

        So, so funny!!

    • wavicles

      Prolly a dozen or so.

  • King of America

    This is what he paid himself more than half a million dollars for:
    https://twitter.com/RD_Mullin/status/745396775675039744

    • Shoto

      There’s your Big-Time Operation, right there…

      • King of America

        He is basically the Zen master of grifting. No wasted motion.

        • King of America

          grift on – grift off

        • TeeRaak

          What is the sound of one hand reaching inside your pocket

          • obamafone

            “Relax. You won’t feel a thing.”

    • Enfant Terrible

      “Have you tried turning it off and turning it back on again?”

    • obamafone

      The guy’s using an Apple. Free advertising!! So why won’t Apple support the RNC? Ingrates!!!

  • Buzz1313

    But ignore that. Michelle Obama is flying her daughters across the globe on taxpayer money!!!

  • malsperanza

    Drumming up Turnip business through the campaign might offset the plummeting revenues at Turnip’s hotels and resorts.

    As long as we’re talking money, $20 says he bails before the Convention.

    • Enfant Terrible

      Oh, I’m hoping fiercely that he makes it through the convention. But I’m not taking that bet.

      • If Trumpy quits before the Convention, then the GOP primaries were bullshit. That would have YOOOGE impact on future Presidential elections (combined with the grumblings about how the Dem primaries were organised), surely?

        • bobbert

          I doubt much would happen. The mechanics of primaries/caucuses are determined at the state level. State legislatures have generally deferred to the parties as to who can participate.

          The early and mid-term states relish their days in the limelight. I don’t believe that Federal legislation to regulate primaries/caucuses has any real chance of happening.

          POSSIBLY, the parties will review how they operate. I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if the Republicans adopted something like superdelegates. For all of the abuse the concept now gets among Democrats, the basic idea was to provide a firewall against insanity (or runaway populism, if you prefer). So far, on the Dem side, the supers have never had to act counter to the popular vote, but the Repos might be wishing they had the option.

        • merl1

          he’ll blame the liberal media, the base will eat it up and bitch about it until they hopefully pull a brietbart and die of ragegasms.

    • CynicalOptimist

      I fantasize about them arresting him at the convention.

    • greenie_61

      I fully expect him to extort the gotp, ‘if you want me gone, it’s going to cost you $ __M dollars.’

  • Angela Ruzzo

    So if Trump loses the election, he wins and we win. I can live with that.

  • crabbylove

    Making bankruptcy great again.

  • eddi

    If Trump cannot bail out on a platinum parachute, he won’t get involved.

    • Shoto

      Would it be too cool if he was unable raise the necessary cash to wipe out the debt he’s managed to grift for himself? A write-down of that size would definitely sting him enough so he’d feel the butthurt. Melatonin might actually have to cut back on her diamonique budget for awhile.

      And there’s yet another reality show for our dining and dancing pleasure, amirite?

      • TheBoatDude

        Diamonique, indeed. It’s Linear Zirconia.

      • MyLovelyNose

        That would only deepen her fashionable scowl.

  • Shoto

    And Sarah Palin says, “How did I miss out on a grift like this, goddammit?”

    • dshwa

      I fully trust $ister $arah has gotten herself employed and paid by one of those Trump companies.

    • wavicles

      Pedestrian grifter, no match for a big player.

    • bobbert

      She neglected to inherit $400 mil. Oh, and Chuck is still alive.

    • merl1

      she tried to. she’s just too dumb to pull it off.

  • pending

    One of the many “Trump is pathetically behind Hilary’s fundraising game” articles also included an interesting little tweak: one veteran fundraiser claimed that before any big donors are going to give him any money, Trump has to forgive/make permanent the money he’s *loaned* his campaign, because otherwise big donors could be worried that Trump will just use their donations to pay himself back.

    • cynmac

      Trump sent out an email asking for donations, claiming that he will personally match the funds, for the first 48 hours, up to $2 million. Yeah, crowdfunding.
      http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/trump-first-fundraising-email-224594

    • MyLovelyNose

      Would someone please indulge my ignorance and explain this whole lending money to himself?

      • pending

        The world has passed me by since I made this comment: Trump forgave his campaign the $50+ million he’s loaned it, which means he can no longer pay himself back with fundraised money. (He can, however, go on having his campaign purchase Trump Co. goods and services, so it’s not a total wash.)

        Up until he forgave himself his own loans to his own campaign, Trump had only spent $300,000+ of his own money. By classifying tens of millions as a loan, he reserved the right to get paid back those millions by his own campaign if they had the money and he told them to. It’s a weird game that a lot of rich politicians play, tbf, but Trump is the first I’d honestly expect to take the money and run.

  • LadyLaz

    I am so not surprised

  • Billy Rubin

    Could this possibly be? He plans to:

    * run this election as a personal money making operation
    * mismanage the election into the ground
    * take down numerous down-ticket GOP senators, congressmen, and governors with him
    * leave the RNC in financial ruin
    * cement an bitter existential animosity with key demographics against the GOP for decade to come, and
    * stick the GOP with the bill for all of it

    This is the most marvelous plan I’ve heard in decades! Call me a dreamer, but for the first time ever, I’m filled with hope and inspiration by a Republican candidate. Donnie J. Drumpf is truly doing the work of angels and saints. This isn’t just shitting the bed — this is shitting the bed, rolling around in it, and lighting the house on fire. It’s too beautiful to think about.

    • “Mexico will pay for it.”

      • Billy Rubin

        If he delivers outcomes like the ones above, *I’ll* start paying for it.

    • MyLovelyNose

      You know, I actually think that Trump may not have that bad an effect on down-market races. I think people might reject Trump, “but my guy is okay” and just reelect their GOP incumbent or another Gooper. They know Trump can’t win, but they can by God get a Republican legislative branch!

      • Billy Rubin

        True, this is what protects incumbents in general, but there is a difference in this case, at least for GOP candidates. In an election with a normal, competent presidential candidate, they put together a team that raises and spends hundreds of millions of dollars on their campaign. They create, coordinate and maintain an army of professional campaign staffers to execute something that will hopefully be an effective strategy. The Trump campaign has almost none of that, and Trump has said he expects the RNC to do that.

        The trouble with that magnificent plan is that the RNC typically does have funds and resources for that sort of thing, but they typically allocate them for key senate, congressional, and governor’s races. This is a massive drain on resources… and couldn’t happen to a more deserving group of people.

  • JurisGal

    Has this been his plan all along, to run and make himself the billionaire he has always claimd to be? The whole Trump show is sickening.
    “Crooked Hillary”, indeed. Serious projection going on there.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Rachel Maddow did a piece on exactly this topic last night…Trump is simply the candidate that won the grift sweepstakes. One of the reasons that the Republican field was so large is that there is now a sizable contingent of people-Newt, Michele Bachman, Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Ben Carson et al-whos only form of employment is running for president, with no real hope or even aspiration of succeeding. They simply run to use it as a platform to shill for their books, paid speaking engagements, and various snake oil nostrums. Wingnut welfare at it’s finest.

      • MyLovelyNose

        Well, to be sure, it’s stupid people paying them for lectures and books and snake oil. I would HOPE it’s not any government entity.

  • TeeRaak

    The Correctional facility residents are starting to wise up…
    https://media2.giphy.com/media/xT5LMWhBXQbGFKYPKM/200w_d.gif

  • Ducksworthy

    Will you people please STFU until after the convention? Sheesh!

  • Bill Slider

    According to an LA Times column, the Trump campaign cash finances are insufficient to even purchase a 3 bedroom in Santa Monica, much less finance a presidential campaign.

  • gratuitous

    $94.61 for the Trump Cafe? Is that what taco bowls go for there?

    • Nezrite

      Is EXACTLY what I was thinking.

  • Kooolest G

    I’m gonna make a prediction right now, trump has no $ and the RNC won’t chip in for the convention, corporate sponsors have all dropped out, so trump tells the media they have to pay to be allowed to cover the convention “cause the ratings will be yooooge”

    • MyLovelyNose

      He’ll want to move the convention to a Trump venue.

    • Jennaratrix

      According to the bajillion emails I keep getting from Hillary (they are directly from her, right?) he raised more than $80 million in July. I’m not saying any of that is still in the GOP coffers, but…

  • Trump doesn’t want to win. He’s following in that bold Republican of running for president and losing only to milk the gravy train for years afterwards. Right Quitter, Bachman, Huckabee, Santorum, Gingrich, Cain

    A grifter’s gotta grift

    • MyLovelyNose

      Grifters, grifters, there were never such devoted grifters . . .

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