Lara Trump-Led Charity Event Dropping $200K At Mar-A-Lago This Weekend

There’s just something “grifty” about seeing the name Trump associated with a charity. After the New York attorney general built a solid case against the Trump Foundation for using the family-run charity as “little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests” it agreed to pay $2 million to settle the matter.

This weekend Donald Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago resort will take in an estimated $225,000 from a Florida dog rescue charity for hosting an event chaired by the former president’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump. All of the profit from spending for the event, of course, goes directly into Trump’s pocket.

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This won’t be the first time that Big Dog Ranch Rescue, based in Loxahatchee Groves, Fla., has patronized Trump properties. Since 2014 the organization has spent $1,883,160 on fundraising costs at Mar-a-Lago and Trump’s Jupiter, Fla., golf course, according to Internal Revenue Service filings. Lara Trump first was listed as a chairwoman for charity events in 2018. The president of the group, Lauren Simmons, was a guest at the White House in 2019 for the signing of a bill addressing animal cruelty.

Simmons issued a statement Friday night defending her organization’s patronage of Trump’s properties, praising their “quality of service, beauty of the venue and excellent rate provided us as a nonprofit.” What her statement didn’t mention was that she actively spread Trump’s lies about the election being stolen from him on social media. On Jan. 3 she share a Facebook post that read, “Either we TAKE power back or we will never be free again. No more asking nicely. Our founding fathers warned us. This is not a drill.”

Simmons’ position is exactly opposite that of numerous charities who began fleeing Trump properties early in his presidency as a protest against his administration’s policies and his personal behavior. As a result, many of Trump’s hotels and resorts have experienced a huge downturn in revenue and profit.

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