At the time of Donald Trump’s unfortunate inauguration, his inauguration committee announced a record $106.7 million haul in donations. From the Associated Press in September 2017:
President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee raised an unprecedented $107 million for a ceremony that officials promised would be “workmanlike,” and the committee pledged to give leftover funds to charity. Nearly eight months later, the group has helped pay for redecorating at the White House and the vice president’s residence in Washington.
But nothing has yet gone to charity.
As we approach the first anniversary of Trump’s deeply unpopular, poorly-attended inauguration ceremony, USA Today is again following up and asking: where is the money?
“We must decline comment at this time,” Kristin Celauro, a spokeswoman for the inaugural committee’s chairman, Thomas Barrack, said this week in response to a USA TODAY inquiry about the committee’s finances.