RNC, super PAC drop $55k at Trump Hotel D.C. in November

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RNC, America First Action spent more than $55,000 at Trump’s D.C. hotel in November

The pro-Trump America First Action super PAC spent $31,169.53 at the president’s D.C. hotel in November 2018, while the Republican National Committee disbursed another $24,768.40 there that month according to the groups’ post-general election 2018 filings with the Federal Election Commission (America First Action here, RNC here).

With major backers including casino magnate Sheldon Anderson, coal company Murray Energy, and steel manufacturer Wheatland Steel, America First Action has spent at least $365,974.33 at the Pennsylvania Avenue property in the past two years.

The RNC’s disbursements brings its total disbursed at the Trump Hotel D.C. during that period to at least $391,830.50. In October 2018, Open Secrets reported that RNC spending at all Trump properties in the 2018 election cycle already totaled almost $1.5 million.

From America First Action super PAC’s filing:

And from the RNC’s filing:

GOP Oversight Committee staffer moves to GSA

In “GSA snags Republican OGR committee aide,” Keturah Hetrick reports for Legistorm that former a one-time staffer for now former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R–S.C.) on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Kevin Ortiz, is starting a new job this month as a congressional policy analyst at the GSA. [H/T Lachlan Markay of The Daily Beast].

The Trump Organization, of course, leases the Old Post Office from the GSA. In the last Congress, 18 Democrats on the Oversight Committee unsuccessfully sued the GSA for its communications with the Trump Organization about the hotel during the presidential transition.

Noteworthy sightings

Long-shot candidate for the Democratic party’s 2020 presidential nomination, West Virginia state senator Richard Ojeda posted a video from in front of the Trump Hotel D.C. yesterday criticizing the government for funding the Old Post Office tower during the government shutdown (see yesterday’s 1100 Pennsylvania for more info on that transaction).

Watch Ojeda’s video here.

Correspondents for conservative Blaze TV (best known as the new home of Eric Bolling, a Trump Hotel D.C. regular), Jon Miller and Jordan Schnachtel, plotted world domination

Legal cases, current status (latest change, Dec. 27, 2018)

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

Other Trump Organization news

  • “House Democrats might unearth documents suggesting that the Trump Organisation was used to launder Russian money. What then?” By The Economist.

  • Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a conflict-of-interest complaint against Ivanka Trump for participating “in the Trump administration’s implementation of a new tax law authorizing the Opportunity Zones program while her spouse, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President Jared Kushner, held significant financial interests in an entity benefiting from that program.” Read the complaint.

  • The website for Trump’s planned building in Uruguay is having issues, per David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post

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

“‘No one is at the controls’: How Facebook, Amazon, and others are turning life into a horrific Bradbury novelby Nick Bilton for Vanity Fair

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