Dem rep goes after Trump for fundraiser at his DC hotel

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Activists display signs at a protest against Donald Trump's donor dinner for his 2020 presidential run in Washington, DC, June 28, 2017. According to Sirius XM P.O.T.US reporter Jared Rizzi, the Republican National Committee said that Trump International Hotel in D.C. could not accommodate the reporting crew - despite the high-profile nature of the event, the building being newly renovated, and a long-standing precedent of press pool members being allowed to escort the president even to fundraisers in private residences.

So while it is a little early to start raising money for 2020, it is never too early for some Trump family grifting.

Donald Trump wants to win re-election the United States presidency in 2020.

The gathering won't be open to the public. Reporters were initially told they could cover Trump's remarks at the fundraiser, but the President's team reversed on Wednesday.

"It's a political event and they've chosen to keep that separate", White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said when asked why the event is closed to the media.

Larry Noble, former general counsel to the Federal Election Commission, said the early campaigning creates plenty of "potential tripwires", adding: "They're going to have to proceed very carefully to avoid violations". If it pays less, the Trump Organization - the umbrella company for the president's various business interests - may have made an illegal corporate campaign contribution, he said.

Protesters hold signs as US President Donald Trump arrives at the Trump International hotel in Washington DC

In typical Trump fashion, that event will be held at his Washington, D.C. hotel, for which his campaign will pay him handsomely. According to BBC, Painter stressed that it would be wrong for Trump, the businessman to benefit financially from the fundraiser for Trump, the politician.

In 2012, Reince Priebus, then head of the Republican National Committee, complained to the Government Accountability Office that President Barack Obama was "fraudulently" billing the government for political travel.

The Washington hotel is just a few blocks from the White House.

Trump's hotels and golf clubs received $1.4 million. It has already become a focus for ethics questions over the role of Trump's businesses in his administration. [.] And charging these fundraisers to his hotel is one of the ways he's doing it. While a constitutional clause bans officials from accepting gifts or payments from foreign governments, Trump's lawyers say it doesn't forbid standard, arms-length business transactions.

On Twitter, Painter sniped at above-market rates at the hotel this week, suggesting they could act as a back-door for foreigners to influence Trump with legally murky payments. Scavino & Associates collected $14,500 for consulting from Trump's re-election campaign in the first three months of this year, FEC reports show.

Unlike predecessors, Trump hasn't divested from his businesses or transferred assets into a blind trust. Some $238,000 went to Trump restaurants and food services.

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