What is 1100 Pennsylvania?
1100 Pennsylvania reports on the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. and President Trump’s other businesses especially who’s paying money to them and what these people may want—or be getting—in return.
The hotel’s address is 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW, hence this newsletter’s name.
1100 Pennsylvania believes the best way to tell the story of the president’s swamp hotel is to report on it every day. Consider it the pointillist style of journalism—thousands of data points collected over years form the narrative.
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, by Georges Seurat 1884–1886, oil on canvas, Art Institute of Chicago, image via Wikimedia.
It’s a big deal in traditional media the first time something happens at the Trump Hotel D.C.—like the RNC hosting an event, a foreign embassy throwing a gala to celebrate the home country, or Trump headlining a fundraiser for himself—and it gets major coverage. But when those events happen again and again and again, they don’t get as much coverage. Old news.
But what’s seems more consequential, newsworthy, and relevant is that these events and sightings at the Trump Hotel D.C. keep happening. The administration officials frequenting their boss’s bar, the state politicians enjoying a nice steak dinner, and the lobbyists holding functions are not outliers—they are not one-time events. It’s the subsequent visits, all the small data points that show the trends and potential conflicts.
It’s worth taking a deep look at.
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1100 Pennsylvania’s subscribers include government watchdogs, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, U.S. and other government officials, C-suite corporate executives, leading academics, and concerned citizens. The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold, WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein, and The Atlantic’s David Frum are among 1100 Pennsylvania’s readers who’ve praised it.
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updates on the emoluments, unfair competition, racial discrimination, and other lawsuits as well as Congressional investigations
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Who are you anyway?
Zach Everson. Hi. How are you? For about 13 years I was a travel and food journalist, contributing to outlets including Gawker Media, Eater, and Lonely Planet.
I started reporting on the Trump Hotel D.C. for Fox News right before it opened. Shortly thereafter I pitched my editor at Condé Nast Traveler a feature on the hotel that would go beyond just looking at it from a travel perspective, but also report out its legal and ethical issues from the vantage point of a weekend stay there. At 5,500 or so words, “Inside the World’s Most Controversial Hotel” provides an-depth look at what’s up with the hotel.
I’ve continued to research social-media posts, campaign-finance reports, and legal filings, as well as making FOIA requests and monitoring other sources to report on what’s happening there. Originally I started sharing most of my findings on Twitter and publishing the juicier scoops on The Daily Beast or Fast Company.
A daily newsletter though feels like the best way to tell the story of the president’s hotel.
Here’s a TV appearance, if you want to put a face to the reporting:
What happens to this newsletter when Trump leaves office?
If D.C. power brokers and lobbyists stop going to the Trump Hotel once it’s no longer owned by the U.S. president, we’ll be here to report on it.
What if I have other questions or a tip?
Get in touch!