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Mcgahn picked for Trump's White House counsel

Former FEC Chairman Picked For Trump’s White House Counsel

While Trump during his campaign frequently promised to “drain the swamp” of the political establishment in Washington, McGahn has an extensive history in the capital, especially in conservative politics.

November 25, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S., July 5, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Still No Evidence That Donald Trump Has ‘Self-Funded’ His Campaign

Donald Trump has contributed a total of $395,508 to his campaign, as of the end May. The number Trump is referring to when he talks about “self-funding” his campaign — usually, $50 million — refers to the amount he has loaned his campaign. There isn’t any evidence yet that Trump has converted his loans into outright contributions.

July 18, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech at the Alumisourse Building in Monessen, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Louis Ruediger

Does Donald Trump Even Have $45 Million To Repay His ‘Loans’?

Campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks told NBC that the paperwork “will be filed with the next regularly scheduled FEC report,” and declined to provide any documentation. Of course, that’s what she did last time.

June 30, 2016
Donald Trump and the power of fear

Donald Trump Can’t Decide How Much Money He Just Donated To His Campaign

Though Trump’s press release says he now considers these loans donations, Trump has a history of claiming to have donated to charity cases without actually doing so.

June 23, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts to his supporters at the start of his campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina on June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Is Donald Trump Running A Presidential Campaign Or A Self-Promotion Tour?

That fundraising report begged the question: Is Trump genuinely in this to win it, or is he just enjoying his elevated national platform to reap the benefits of free PR?

June 22, 2016
Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, June 18, 2016. REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec

This Isn’t New: Donald Trump Has Been Profiting Off His Campaign For Months

Trump loaned his campaign $11.5 million in March, his largest one-month loan of the campaign. After that, his monthly contributions started decreasing: $7.5 million in April, and just $2.2 million in May. June was the first month the Trump campaign took in more from donations ($3.1 million) than it did from Trump’s loans.

June 22, 2016
Donald Trump's war on free speech

Donald Trump STILL Isn’t Self-Funding His Campaign

Donald Trump is loaning his campaign money, not paying for anything outright. And you can bet he’ll want supporters’ help paying himself back.

April 22, 2016
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No, Donald Trump Is Not “Self-Funding” His Campaign

The Trump campaign could in fact represent the climax in some orgiastic jumble of self-aggrandizement, political dress-up, and getting paid to threaten brown people.

March 8, 2016

Late Night Roundup: A Beer With Norman Lear

Larry Wilmore asked the TV legend: “Do you feel kind of responsible for having Archie Bunker running for president right now?”

November 13, 2015
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

Million-Dollar Donations Fuel Super PACs’ New Dominance

Super PACs and other outside groups raised more than $250 million during the first half of 2015.

August 1, 2015