Energy industry patronage drying up?

Welcome to 1100 Pennsylvania, a newsletter devoted to President Donald Trump’s Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. (and his other companies). President Trump, of course, still owns his businesses and can profit from them.

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Energy industry patronage drying up?

In “Energy execs spend big at Trump hotel ‘Disneyland,’” Dylan Brown and Hannah Northey of E&E News took a deep look at energy industry events at the president’s hotel—and note that revenue stream for the hotel may be tapped out:

While the president’s hotel played host to nearly every top fossil fuel trade group after Trump’s election, none appear to be returning this year.

“I suspect that’s because they must book meetings a couple years in advance; many wanted to book Trump Hotel early in his presidency to signal a welcome to Washington,” a former coal industry representative said, adding, “And now, having paid their respects, [they] no longer feel an obligation.”

Trump Inc. season 3 premier looks at Tom Barrack

The season three premier of WNYC Studios and ProPublica’s ongoing investigation into Trump’s business world, Trump Inc. was released this morning. It took a deep look at longtime Trump associate, real estate investor Tom Barrack:

“Trump inauguration chief Tom Barrack’s ‘rules for success’” by Ilya Marritz and Justin Elliott

Barrack has two major connections to the Trump Hotel D.C.:

Barrack posed in the lobby last May with the president of the Turkish American Business Association/American Chamber of Commerce in Turkey, Ali Osman Akat, and Omer Er, who founded a business that invests in emerging companies.

Two other D.C. hotel-related nuggets from the episode:

  • the Trump inaugural committee got the hotel to bounce a prayer breakfast so it could have the meeting space (the breakfast was later allowed back)

  • the next Trump Inc. episode focuses on the Trump Hotel D.C.’s lobby (teaser: the hotel really put on a good show for them)

Campaign expenditure

The campaign for Rep. Roger Williams (R–TX) spent another $684.60 at the Trump Hotel D.C. in December 2018 for meals and lodging. Williams’s campaign now has spent a total of $7,725.67 at the hotel.

The campaign for Rep. Brian Babin (R–TX) spent $685 at the Trump Hotel D.C. on Dec. 9, 2018 for a meeting and meal. It marks the Babin campaign’s first recorded disbursement at the hotel.

Noteworthy sightings

Trump Hotel Chicago hosted the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association’s under 30 GM Connect event and its board meeting. Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger addressed the under 30 group.

Other Trump Organization news

  • “As Franklin Haney tells it, his trouble started when President Donald Trump passed him a business tip. It came on an otherwise delightful night last spring as they dined at adjacent tables in Florida’s exclusive Mar-a-Lago resort. ‘He comes over,’’ Haney said, recalling how the President, an old friend, introduced him to a prospective investor—an official with the oil-rich Middle Eastern nation of Qatar who seemed interested in Haney’s plan to buy an obscure nuclear plant and sell power to the city of Memphis.” By Marc Perrusquia for The Daily Memphian.

  • Located on opposite sides of the world, two Trump golf clubs made pitches for corporate businesses yesterday.

  • While Trump’s golf clubs’ membership lists are private, the Trump Golf Twitter account let it be known that NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin is a member of its club outside Charlotte.

House investigations, current status (latest change, Feb. 20, 2019)

  • Financial ServicesSent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank on Jan. 24.

  • Foreign Affairs—Chair Rep. Elliot Engel (D–NY) “plans to investigate whether President Donald Trump’s businesses are driving foreign policy decisions, including whether Trump violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution in the process” per CNN on Jan. 23.

  • Intelligence—On Feb. 6, chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D–CA) issued a statement that said his committee would investigate links or coordination between the Russian government/related foreign actors and individuals associated with Trump’s businesses, as well as if foreign actors sought to compromise or hold leverage over Trump’s businesses. During an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Feb. 10, Schiff said the committee will investigate Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank, a major lender to the Trump Organization. Earlier, on Jan. 24, the committee sent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank.

  • Oversight and Reform—Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings’s (D–MD) staff “has already sent out 51 letters to government officials, the White House, and the Trump Organization asking for documents related to investigations that the committee may launch,” according to CBS News on Jan. 13. In a Feb. 15 letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, Cummings said the committee received documents showing a White House attorney and one of Trump’s personal attorneys provided “false information” to the Office of Government Ethics regarding Michael Cohen’s “hush-money payments.”

  • UPDATED Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management—Transportation committee chair Rep. Peter DeFazio (D–OR) and subcommittee chair Dina Titus (D–NV) sent a letter to GSA administrator Emily Murphy on Jan. 22 asking for all communication between the GSA and members of the Trump family dating back to 2015, an explanation of how the hotel calculates its profits, profit statements since the hotel opened in 2016, any guidance from the White House regarding the lease, and whether or not Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are recused from participating in decisions regarding the property. GSA has “sent a partial response and the subcommittee is reviewing it,” according to a senior House staffer familiar with the situation. When hearings begin, it is likely that Murphy will be the first person called to testify, according to a person familiar with the subcommittee’s plans.

  • Ways and Means subcommittee on Oversight—The subcommittee held its first hearing on “legislative proposals and tax law related to presidential and vice-presidential tax returns” on Feb. 7. “We will ask the question: Does the public have a need to know that a person seeking the highest office in our country obeys tax law?” said chair Rep. John Lewis (D–GA). Experts in tax law testified.

Legal cases, current status (latest change, Feb. 7, 2019)

Health inspections, current status (latest change, Aug. 10, 2018)

  • ❌Hotel: five violations on May 7, 2018; two were corrected on site

  • ❌BLT Prime and Benjamin Bar: nine violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Sushi Nakazawa: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Banquet kitchen: no violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Pastry kitchen: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Gift shop: no violations on May 7, 2018

  • ❌Employee kitchen and in-room dining: five violations on Aug. 10, 2018; two were corrected on site

One thing that has nothing to do with Trump’s businesses (I think, tough to tell sometimes!)

U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell hosted disgraced former Congressman Mark Foley (R–FL) at the ambassador’s residence in Berlin last August. (Yes, a FOIA request asking for details has been submitted.)

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