Trump’s Inaugural Committee Paid $26 Million to Firm of First Lady’s Adviser – The New York Times

Trump’s Inaugural Committee Paid $26 Million to Firm of First Lady’s Adviser – The New York Times

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff at the Trump International Hotel in Washington last January.Justin T. Gellerson for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s inaugural committee paid nearly $26 million to an event planning firm started by an adviser to the first lady, Melania Trump, while donating $5 million — less than expected — to charity, according to tax filings released on Thursday.

The nonprofit group that oversaw Mr. Trump’s inauguration and surrounding events in January 2017, the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee, had been under pressure from liberal government watchdog groups to reveal how it spent the record $107 million it had raised from wealthy donors and corporations.

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