Pence's PAC has already spent $91,300 at Trump Hotel — this year


Pence's leadership PAC has ramped up spending at Trump's Washington, D.C., hotel, helping line Trump's pockets with cash.

Mike Pence doesn't just suck up to Trump with cringe-worthy comments about Trump's "broad shoulders."

Pence also helps line Trump's pockets with cash, spending big bucks at Trump's ethically suspect Washington, D.C., hotel — which Trump still profits from given that he did not sell his interest in his businesses nor put the money he earns from them in a blind trust while he serves as president.

According to a financial disclosure report filed with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, Pence's leadership PAC, Great America Committee, spent $55,100 in February at Trump's D.C. hotel — a favorite spot of Republican lawmakers for raising money from the GOP elite.

That amounts to roughly one-third of the committee's total spending last month, according to the report.

The expenditure also marks a clear escalation in Pence spending campaign cash at the property.

In January 2019, Pence's PAC spent roughly $36,200 at the D.C. hotel on facility rentals and catering, bringing Pence's committee's total spending at the hotel to $91,300 for the year.

That's a huge escalation from Pence's 2018 spending at the property.

In 2018, Pence's PAC spent $160,605 at the Trump International Hotel on facility rental, catering and other food and beverage purchases, according to an FEC filing.

That means in the first two months of this year, Pence has already spent 57 percent of what he did at the hotel in all of 2018 combined.

Ramping up spending at Trump's hotel came after Trump questioned Pence's loyalty late last year.

Spending big bucks to help Trump's bottom line would be a great way for Pence to curry favor with his boss.

And it's exactly why Trump has faced criticism for not removing himself from his businesses while serving in the Oval Office.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.