Trump sons selling post-inauguration access and private hunting trip for $1M
- Author: Megan Austin Dec 21, 2016,
Dec 21, 2016, 1:01
The foundation's directors include Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. Additionally, since the event is run through a non-profit, donors' names would not legally have to be disclosed to the public, meaning donors vying for a meeting with Trump could remain anonymous. Eric and Donald Trump Jr. are offering the service through their newly created, five-day-old Texan charity called the Opening Day Foundation, and those who donate $500,000 or $1 million will reportedly receive a "private reception and photo opportunity" for up to 16 guests with Trump. He told the Center for Public Integrity that the Opening Day Foundation hired him for the event.
The event takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Donald Trump's sons have denied any involvement in a charity event using huntings trips with them and private receptions with their father to entice millionaire donors.
The event is called "Opening Day", and it will reportedly take place on January 21, Trump's first full day in office, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Net proceeds from the event will allegedly go to unnamed conservation charities.
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No one loves the outdoors like Eric and Donald Trump Jr. One million (the "Bald Eagle") gets you more tickets to the reception, pictures with Trump, the same hunting and/or fishing extravaganza, four autographed guitars, more gear, 85 VIP and 200 general admission inauguration tickets, and more.
Given Trump's position on climate change, we're not sure what they mean by "conservation, " but we do know spending $1 million for direct access to the president and a hunting trip with the first sons seems like a far cry from the American dream. The entire Trump family and the circle of people surrounding them are also a conflict of interest scandal waiting to happen. The conservation charities are not named.
Speaking to The New York Times about the Eric Trump Foundation's now-canceled auction, Richard Painter, an ethics lawyer who served under George W. Bush, said the foundation shouldn't have used special access to a prominent transition team member and adviser to raise money, even though Ivanka does not yet have an official role in the incoming administration.
Asked on a conference call today with reporters whether Trump plans to set up rules for his children's charitable actions, Jason Miller, a Trump transition spokesman, said he had not spoken to the president-elect about the issue and would get back to the reporter with an answer.