Ciara Torres-Spelliscy talks Trump campaign spending at Trump properties on Yahoo! Finance

By Kristin Myers
Yahoo! Finance
Feb. 22, 2020


Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

Trump 2020 has been fundraising since the president took office in January 2017; and since that time, his campaign has continuously spent big at Trump properties and businesses. According to FEC filings, the Trump campaign, the fundraising committee Trump Victory and the Republican National Committee have spent roughly $1.3 million at Trump hotels, golf courses, and other properties. 

To be clear, none of this spending is illegal under federal campaign finance laws, according to campaign finance law expert and Stetson University Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy.

“The RNC is free to spend money for goods and services from the Trump Organization so long as they are paying fair market rates,” she explained. But, she continued, “Does this look like a vast conflict of interest? Yes, yes it does.”

The complete article was originally published on the Yahoo! Finance website on Feb. 22, 2020, with the headline, “Trump campaign, Republicans spent over $1 million at Trump businesses in 2019.”