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DoD Spent $138,000 at Trump Properties in Six Months, Transparency Group’s FOIA Reveals

DoD Spent $138,000 at Trump Properties in Six Months, Transparency Group’s FOIA Reveals

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) spent $138,093 at eight businesses owned by President Donald Trump during his first six months in office, according to records obtained via lawsuit citing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Property of the People, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit transparency group, obtained the records after suing the DoD, which had failed to properly respond to its FOIA request last June.

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Exclusive: Defense Dept. charged nearly $140,000 at Trump branded properties

Exclusive: Defense Dept. charged nearly $140,000 at Trump branded properties

Defense Department employees charged just over $138,000 at Trump branded properties in the first eight months of Donald Trump’s presidency, according to a CNN review of hundreds of records.

Charges on the department-issued Visa cards, which span from Honolulu to Washington, DC, are the most recent evidence that taxpayer money flows to Trump’s company, once again emboldening critics who say these payments violate ethical norms and possibly the US Constitution.

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How We Compiled Trump Town

How We Compiled Trump Town

Much like previous administrations, President Donald Trump’s team has filled hundreds of appointed positions with allies who can be trusted to carry out their agenda. These appointees include campaign staff, old policy hands at conservative think tanks and former lobbyists who worked on the issues their new agencies cover.

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Ryan Shapiro takes his crusade against government secrecy to the steps of the White House

Ryan Shapiro takes his crusade against government secrecy to the steps of the White House

It’s the sort of scene that one imagines fuels President Trump’s sleepless, Twitter-trolling nights. Some 75 politically active New Yorkers are gathered for a mid-April fund raiser in a tony, two-story apartment in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood owned by a venture capitalist named Nihal Mehta and his wife, Reshma Saujani, a lawyer and former Democratic congressional candidate.

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