Jimmy McMillan, the legendary Brooklyn, New York political activist is incensed. After hearing Donald Trump raised the Trump Tower rent he is charging his own political campaign by a whopping 500%, the founder of the Rent is Too Damn High Party could not contain himself.
“This is an outrage, a travesty, a bamboozling, a miscarriage of justice,” said the one time karate expert, Vietnam veteran, postal worker, stripper, private investigator and perennial candidate.
“It’s immoral and illegal, 500% increase? Man, the rent is too damn high!” said Mr. McMillan.
New filings with the Federal Election Commission found that the amount of rent Trump’s presidential campaign pays to Trump Tower Commercial LLC, the owner of the building that houses his campaign headquarters, has risen steadily since April.
A rent of $35,457 this April has increased to a staggering $169,758 this past July.
The dramatic increase in rent coincides with Trump’s new reliance on fund raising to pay campaign expenses. According to a Huffington Post review of FEC filings, Trump more than quadrupled the monthly rent his presidential campaign pays for its headquarters at Trump Tower to $169,758 in July, when he was raising funds from donors, compared with March, when he was self-funding his campaign. The rent jumped even though he was paying fewer staff in July than he did in March.
What Trump is doing may be shady but perfectly legal. Some are saying this is just another Trump scam to fleece his gullible supporters; just another way for Trump to profit from his own presidential campaign.
“If I was a donor, I’d want answers,” a Republican National Committee member told HuffPost on condition of anonymity. “If they don’t have any more staff, and they’re paying five times more? That’s the kind of stuff I’d read and try to make an (attack) ad out of it.”
When Mr. McMillan was informed Trump’s rent increase was legit, he still wasn’t having any of it.
“ We like rent increases to be in the 2-3% range. 500% is untenable, unconscionable, untoward, un-American and unholy!” said the man who had contemplated a presidential run of his own for 2016.
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