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"It's very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it," Donald Trump told Fortune in 2000, during his first abortive run for president.
He was referring to a $1 million motivational speaking deal he got from Tony Robbins that he timed to coincide with his campaign stops.
Then, he didn't dominate the headlines—apparently the Clinton-Bush-Gore psychodrama was more compelling—and Trump's greatest accomplishment was winning the Reform party nomination in California with a scant 15,311 votes. (His bon mots haven't changed much—Fortune refers to "his usual critiques of Pat Buchanan ('a Hitler lover'), Bill Bradley ('a total disaster'), George W. Bush ('no Einstein'), Fidel Castro ('a bad guy'), North Korea ('run by some very bad people'), and Russia ('totally mixed up').")
This time around, as the leading candidate for the Republican nomination, he operates on a more rarified and lucrative plane: Trump's companies have already earned $1.4 million from his campaign.
originally posted by: SpaDe_
So let me get this straight, a business mogul should have to outsource everything when running for president rather than using his own businesses? If this is the best you can come up with you better get back to digging. This is seriously about as weak of an attempt as I have ever seen.
Hillary takes money from some of the most unethical people on the planet and funnels it through her "charity" and all Trump did is simply uses his own businesses? Wow
originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs
originally posted by: butcherguy
a reply to: CharlieSpeirs
Sounds like the smart thing to do.
Hate the game, not the playa...
I can dig that, butcher. I really can.
originally posted by: newWorldSamurai
If his campaign needs a service (or goods) and that service is provided by a company he owns, I'd expect him to use it. I'd do the same. At least I'd know the cost and know that I'm not getting ripped off. He might actually be able get the service for cost or some marginal fee.
Now, if his company providing the service is, let's say, doubling the price for the service, then that might have some legs.
originally posted by: Brotherman
Doesn't Trump fund himself to begin with?
Over $5 Billion and Counting for Obamacare Websites