ERIC TRUMP CHARITY FOR CHILDREN UNDER FIRE FOR PAYING TRUMP GOLF COURSES AFTER YEARS OF FREE GOLF TOURNAMENTS
- Eric Trump has hosted charity golf tournaments since 2007, when he was 23, to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
- The Eric Trump Foundation employed no staff until 2015, and its annual expense ratio averaged 13%, about half of what most charities pay in overhead
- More than $11 million in donations have been sent to that hospital, raised more than $16.3 million dollars.
- Eric was able to use a Trump golf course for free until 2011 when the charity got bigger and costs got more expensive
- President Trump in 2011 ordered the billing after he became aware about six years ago that his company had been absorbing all the huge costs.
- “The charity had grown so much that the Trump Organization couldn’t absorb all of those costs anymore
Eric Trump set up his foundation as a public charity, a classification that allows it to raise most of its money from outside donors. In 2007, when he was 23, the first Eric Trump golf tournament took place, raising $220,000. A compelling sales pitch evolved–the free golf course and the donated goods and services assured donors that every penny possible went to charity.
The Eric Trump Foundation employed no staff until 2015, and its annual expense ratio averaged 13%, about half of what most charities pay in overhead. His original seven-person board was made up of personal friends, an innocuous lot who helped sell tournament tickets, which last year ranged from $3,000 for a single all-day ticket to $100,000 for a pair of VIP foursomes.
For the first four years of the golf tournament, from 2007 to 2010, the total expenses averaged about $50,000, according to the tax filings. Not quite the zero-cost advantage that a donor might expect given who owned the club but at least in line with what other charities pay to host outings at Trump courses, according to a review of ten tax filings for other charitable organizations.
But in 2011, things took a turn. Costs for Eric Trump’s tournament jumped from $46,000 to $142,000, according to the foundation’s IRS filings. Why would the price of the tournament suddenly triple in one year? “In the early years, they weren’t being billed [for the club]–the bills would just disappear,” says Ian Gillule, who served as membership and marketing director at Trump National Westchester during two stints from 2006 to 2015 and witnessed how Donald Trump reacted to the tournament’s economics. “Mr. Trump had a cow. He flipped. He was like, ‘We’re donating all of this stuff, and there’s no paper trail? No credit?’ And he went nuts. He said, ‘I don’t care if it’s my son or not–everybody gets billed.’ “
Katrina Kaupp, who served on the board of directors at the Eric Trump Foundation in 2010 and 2011, also remembers Donald Trump insisting the charity start paying its own way, despite Eric’s public claims to the contrary. “We did have to cover the expenses,” she says. “The charity had grown so much that the Trump Organization couldn’t absorb all of those costs anymore.” The Trump Organization declined to answer detailed questions about the payments. But it seems that for the future president, who Forbes estimates is worth $3.5 billion, a freebie to help his son directly fight kids’ cancer took a backseat to revenue.
Eric Trump wasted no time lashing out at critics on Twitter after his charity came under fire following a new report that claimed $100,000 raised for child cancer research was funneled back into the Trump Organization.
‘I have raised $16.3 million dollars for terminally ill children at @StJude with less than a 12.3% expense ratio. What have you done today?!’ Trump tweeted in response to a journalist.
Seattle-based technology journalist, Glenn Fleishman, had tweeted at Trump saying: ‘I steal from children with cancer,’ after the report was released by Forbes.
The tweet came shortly after the report claimed the Eric Trump Foundation paid the family’s Trump Organization more than $1.2 million for fundraising golf events despite Eric’s claims that the charity was able to use a Trump golf course for free.
….More than $11 million in donations have been sent to that hospital.
‘TRUMP JEANS’: DONALD JR. SLAMS CHELSEA HANDLER, CALLS ERIC’S BABY BOY AS ‘JEANS’ INSTEAD OF ‘GENES’
Has-been left-wing comedian Chelsea Handler has nothing but a nasty tweet after finding out Eric Trump and his wife Lara are expecting their first baby – and it’s a baby boy:
I guess one of
@realDonaldTrump‘s sons is expecting a new baby. Just what we need. Another person with those jeans. Let’s hope for a girl.
Donald Trump Jr. noticed the hateful, left-wing comedian using the word ‘jeans’ instead of ‘genes.’
My response to
@ChelseaHandler and her sick tweet targeted at our family. So much for the “tolerant left!
“We found out on my birthday, which was pretty cool,” says Eric, 33.
Lara Trump, 33, a former Inside Edition producer who is now involved with multiple animal charities, says that now she’s in her second trimester, she’s feeling great. “I was exhausted in the beginning,” she says.
“It surprised me, because I’m a very active person, and until the fatigue hit, I didn’t believe it would actually happen to me,” she says. “It really affected me. But I’m feeling really good now.”
Now that they’re expecting, they say they just need to come up with a name for baby, who will be President Trump’s ninth grandchild. (Eric’s brother Don Jr. has five kids with his wife Vanessa; sister Ivanka has three with husband Jared Kushner.)
( Daily Mail ) Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Junior were spotted laughing and strolling the streets of Aspen enjoying their family spring break.
After lunch at the trendy Ajax Tavern the group browsed the local shops with Ivanka picking up some items in Club Monaco.
Donald Junior was joined by his wife Vanessa on the crisp 62 degree Sunday afternoon.
Ivanka wore a chic black tracksuit during the family outing and sported reflective sunglasses. Both Trump children were spotted periodically checking their phones after a busy week.
VIDEO: DONALD TRUMP JR. FLYING TRUMP FORCE ONE FOR ASPEN GETAWAY WITH IVANKA AND ERIC AND THEIR FAMILIES
( Daily Mail ) Donald Trump Junior shared a clip of him jetting off to a weekend in Aspen from LaGuardia in New York City.
He wrote in the post his children were helping with the takeoff, suggesting they were in the cockpit with him: ‘Kai and Donnie helping fly Trump Force One. Little takeoff action at LGA this evening. Family spring break.’
The three oldest Trump children will be heading west this weekend for some fun on the slopes, with Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric meeting up in Aspen for a family vacation.
It will be a reunion of sorts for the group, who took the same vacation together back in 2015 with their spouses and children, just a few months before their father announced he would be running for president.
The three Trump children will not be joined by the commander-in-chief on the trip, with President Trump taking off for Mar-a-Lago on Friday afternoon with third wife Melania and their son Barron.
TRUMP TRANSITION TEAM: WHO’S WHO IN THE TRUMP TRANSITION TEAM – FROM FAMILY MEMBERS TO BUSINESSMEN TO POLITICIANS
( Daily Mail )WHO’S WHO IN THE TRUMP TRANSITION TEAM
Ivanka Trump, 35. Executive vice president of development and acquisitions at The Trump Organization, co-founder of Trump Hotels, fashion designer, founder of IvankTrump.com
Trump’s elder daughter is probably the best known of the president-elect’s children. She runs a #WomenWhoWork initiative and her fingerprints were on her father’s child care and maternity leave policies.
Her calm demeanor suffered a rare dent in an interview with Cosmopolitan when challenged on her father’s historic comments about pregnancy being ‘inconvenient’ for business, calling it ‘an unfair characterization of his track record and his support of professional women’.
Donald Trump Jr., 38. Executive vice president of development and acquisitions of the Trump organization, boardroom advisor on The Apprentice.
Don Jr. is the vice president’s oldest son and himself a fathe rof five. He made an impression at the Republican National Convention, delivering an impassioned defense of his father’s character and business skills. ‘We didn’t learn from MBAs. We learned from people who had doctorates in common sense,’ he said.
Trump Jr. has said he would not rule out a run for New York mayor. But he also courted controversy earlier this year when he compared Syrian refugees to candy: ‘f I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem,’ he tweeted.
Skittles hit back, saying ‘Skittles are candy. Refugees are people.’
Eric Trump, 32. Executive vice president of development and acquisitions for the Trump Organization
Eric is Trump’s third child. He heads the Eric Trump Foundation – which was criticized for paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to host fundraisers at golf courses owned by his father.
A sizeable chunk of that went direct to Donald J. Trump himself, filings revealed.
He and his brother Donald Trump Jr. caused controversy when snaps of them hunting big game in Africa emerged, showing them with dead animals including a cheetah and the severed tail of an elephant.
Jared Kushner, 35. Owner of the New York Observer, real-estate developer and a senior adviser to Trump’s campaign.
Kushner is married to Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka.
He is principal owner of the real estate holding and development company Kushner Properties and the New York Observer.
Throughout Trump’s campaign, he acted a right-hand man to Trump and was instrumental in keeping Chris Christie off the Republican ticket.
Reince Priebus, 44. Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
There were reports of tension between Priebus, an unassuming attorney and politician, and Trump, who often seemed out to attack his own party. Priebus was frustrated with Trump’s campaign direction and his attacks on House Speaker Paul Ryan and his handling of comments he made about the Gold Star Khan family.
Still, Priebus, a keen piano player, oversaw the RNC’s ground game, using 315 field offices to knock on some 24 million doors and helping boost the party’s – and by extension Trump’s – field presence.
Stephen K. Bannon, 62. Trump campaign CEO, executive chairman of Breitbart News
Bannon heads up Breitbart, the fringe right-wing media outlet that found mainstream approval when Bannon was recruited by Trump as chief executive of his campaign. He was already a vocal Trump supporter, with Breitbart headlines including ‘The 10 Most Important Reasons Trump Would Make A Great President’.
Bannon served seven years in the Navy before becoming a banker. He got rich partly off the back of royalties from a lucky investment in TV show Seinfeld. He is known for his aggressive style and his fondness for cargo shorts.
Peter Thiel, 49. PayPal co-founder, Facebook board member
Billionaire Thiel was almost alone among Silicon Valley luminaries to embrace Trump.
Thiel was criticized for pouring money into Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker after it published a tape of the ex-wrestler having sex with his best friend’s wife – which many saw as payback for the news outlet revealing he was gay.
Thiel defended his move, saying ‘if you’re a single-digit millionaire like Hulk Hogan, you have no effective access to our legal system.’
Thiel also criticized the media for its coverage of Trump, saying he shouldn’t be taken ‘literally’. ‘It [the media] never takes him seriously, but it always takes him literally,’ he complained.
Chris Collins, 66. Congressman for New York
Collins has been the US Representative for New York’s 27th congressional district since 2013.
The Republican, who started his career as a mechanical engineer, is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Collins was the first sitting member of Congress to publicly support Trump, and he previously supported Jeb Bush. His main priorities are creating jobs and repealing Obamacare.
Tom Marino, 64. Congressman for Pennsylvania
Marino has been the US Representative from Pennsylvania’s 10th district since 2011.
Previously he served as the US Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
He is one of the most conservative politicians coming out of Pennsylvania.
Rebekah Mercer, 42. director of the Mercer Family Foundation
Mercer is a member of a prominent GOP fundraising family that has close ties to former Breitbart executive Steve Bannon.
She previously worked on Wall Street and is the daughter of New York hedge funder Bob Mercer.
Though before this year she had no political experience, she took over a super Pac for Trump, called Make America Number 1 PAC, to which her family had gifted millions.
Devin Nunes, 43. Congressman for the 22nd district of California, Chairman of Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Nunes, of Portuguese descent, has been a congressman since 2003. He oversees the U.S. Intelligence Committee which in turn oversees the CIA and FBI among other agencies.
On Halloween Nunes wrote to FBI chief James Comey requesting more information following the latter’s explosive letter to Congress that his agency was investigating fresh emails in relation to Hillary Clinton’s email server. The FBI concluded there was nothing new in the emails to change its verdict of no charges.
Nunes also has experience in agriculture and water, since his district is centered on Fresno and Tulare in Central Valley, California’s massive farming hotspot.
Anthony Scaramucci, 52. founder of SkyBridge Capital
Harvard Law-educated Anthony ‘the Mooch’ Scaramucci grew up on Long Island and was a VP at Goldman Sachs before he founded his own company, hedge fund investment firm SkyBridge which has $12 billion under management. He has previously said he would like to be involved ‘somehow tangentially’ in a Trump administration, ‘but I have my own business’.
The Republican fundraiser has become a Trump convert – although he previously blasted the president-elect for being a ‘very divisive’ ‘hack politician’, predicting he would ‘eventually implode’.
‘My middle name could be S***-stirrer,’ he once said.
Lou Barletta, 60. Congressman for Pennsylvania
Barletta has been the US Representative for Pennsylvania’s 11th congressional district since 2013.
He served as the mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, from 1998 to 2012.
The conservative Republican congressman is known for being an immigration hard-liner who cracked down on illegal immigrants during his mayoralty.
Marsha Blackburn, 64. Congressman for Tennessee
Blackburn has been the US Representative from Tennessee’s 7th congressional district since 2003.
In early 2016, there were rumors she was being vetted to be Trump’s running mate, and said she would have seriously considered the offer if asked.
Brown is a conservative Republican who opposes abortion and extensive government spending.
Pam Bondi, 50. Florida Attorney General
Bondy has been Florida’s Attorney General since 2011. The Republican spoke at the GOP national convention and was a regular at Trump rallies during his campaign.
In September, however, she stepped out of the spotlight after it was revealed that a PAC that supported her re-election in 2013 received a $25,000 from the Donald J Trump Foundation.