United States President Donald Trump charged people $70,000-that’s over N25 million-to have photo with him at a campaign fundraiser at one of his hotels.
The price isn’t fixed, it depends on the event involved. To attend a private roundtable with Trump, guests paid $100,000 (N36, 208, 000.00)
InfomediaNG gathered that guests paid $35,000 (N12, 672, 800.00) to have dinner during the event at the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC on Wednesday night.
Washington Post White House reporter Josh Dawsey tweeted a photo of the event invitation which highlighted the large costs.
The money will be used forTrump’s sceond term 2020 presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC).
Is Donald Trump the first to charge for having photo with him?
NO! But Trump charged more than others who had raised money for campaign through this means.
In 2016, then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton charged at least $100,000 (N36208000.00) per head for a fundraising dinner in Nebraska.
Former President Obama in 2012 raised money using the same tactics, his cost $35,800 (N12, 962, 464.00) for a guest to have photo with him.
Trump’s fundraising event is reportedly being hosted by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and National Finance Chairman Todd Ricketts.
“Trump has long attracted scrutiny for hosting campaign events at his own properties, including the Trump International Hotel – particularly as M Trump retains ownership of his company – though he has placed his assets into a trust managed by his adult sons while he is in office,” Metro News said.
Invite to Trump’s fundraiser tonight at his hotel: pic.twitter.com/HJJ74ttOhJ
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) September 12, 2018
His re-election campaign in 2018 has spent nearly $1 million (£767,000) at Trump-owned properties, including $113,000 (£100,000) at his hotel in Washington alone, the Wall Street Journal reported.
How popular is this means of raising money for election and reelection?
It is becoming one of the methods of raising money for presidential campaigns in the United States, but US has always been a pace setter in democratic ideology, and other countries are likely to adopt the same method in the years ahead.
“70,000 for a picture, I would rather buy a piece of land with no wifi so I can’t see what he is up to,” a commenter simply says.