Donald Trump spent $21,000 in campaign money on his son's wine business, which seems legit

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Trump wines have been described by some reviewers as "like cheap perfume," "painfully boring," and "Botox-y," but it seems President-elect Donald Trump's campaign can't get enough of them.

According to Federal Elections Commission disclosures from October and November, the Trump campaign spent $21,164.86 in campaign donations on the wine company run by his son, Eric Trump.

A very proud boy

In addition to the money for Trump hooch, the campaign spent $850,020.86 in contributions on Trump family members or Trump businesses.

Trump hotels made out particularly well, with Trump International in Las Vegas alone receiving $176,932.87. And boom times may still be ahead for Trump-owned hotels: as The Huffington Post reported this week, the Republican National Committee is planning its holiday party (not a Christmas party? unbelievable) at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.


Earlier this week, the conservative Heritage Foundation hosted a reception at the D.C. hotel for Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and the government of Bahrain hosted an event there on Wednesday.

Trump has said a lot of things about his various conflicts of interest—things like "the president can't have a conflict of interest"—but the mess of his businesses ties and debts, both domestic and international, have a number of experts alarmed about the president-elect using his office to help his businesses and brand.


In related news, the future president of the United States plans to remain an executive producer on a reality television show run by a major media company that also owns several news outlets.

When asked about the decision to stay on with The Apprentice, campaign adviser Kellyanne Conway explained that Trump will be working on the show in his "spare time."


The Trump campaign and Trump Winery did not immediately respond to Fusion's requests for comment on this story.

h/t Leigh Ann Caldwell

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