According to a new report by Public Citizen, Donald Trump is pocketing millions of dollars by renting out his properties to political groups and government agencies. This is a massive conflict of interest for the President, but so far he has managed to pull off his massive con on the American public with little to no repercussions, increasing the likelihood that stories like this are going to become the norm. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.


I’ve seen Republicans online talking about the fact that there’s no possible way that Donald Trump could be making money off of the presidency. “Hell, I mean, the guy’s not even taking a salary, so why would these evil liberals claim that Donald Trump is profiting off the presidency? All he wants to do is make America great again.” Well, luckily for these idiots who say things like that, Public Citizen just released a new report explaining exactly how Donald Trump is making millions of dollars off of the presidency.

As it turns out, ever since 2015, when Donald Trump first announced he was running for President during the Republican primaries, he has pulled in well over $15 million through the end of 2017 due to the fact that he is now a high-profile American politician and, as such, political organizations want to go and hold events at his properties, possibly even have him show up and help raise a little money for them. In the last two and a half years, this man has made $15 million just because he became President of the United States.

Here’s what’s happening, as Public Citizen explains it. People want to piggyback off the Trump name, specifically Republicans, but it’s not just limited to them, and we’ll get to that in a second. You have political action committees, even some run by Mike Pence, or that run for his support, or whatever. They’re using Trump properties and they’re paying high price top dollar, and often they pay an inflated price above what a member of the general public would pay, to go and hold an event at these organizations. As we know, Donald Trump has not divested from his properties, so that money goes right back into his pocket. Not only are they trying to use his name for political gain, but he’s using them to make himself even richer.

Now, the other side of that, that I mentioned, is the fact that we actually have government agencies that are doing the same thing, holding events at Trump properties. Now, it’s one thing if a Republican group wants to go have an event at Trump Tower or wherever, Mar-a-Lago, but it is a whole ‘nother when you have government agencies, in the government that Donald Trump technically runs right now, holding their events at these Trump properties.

Why? Because they’re doing that with our tax dollars. That’s my money. That’s your money. Do you want that money going into Donald Trump’s pocket? Because that’s where it’s going. That’s how this man is getting even richer from being the President of the United States, and that doesn’t even begin to touch the stuff in the report that Public Citizen mentions about all of the foreign organizations that are also coming and doing events and staying at Trump Towers or Trump hotels because they think it’s going to get them in good favor with the President of the United States, and to be honest, it probably will.

Because every dollar that you spend at a Trump property is going right back into that man’s pockets. Maybe not the full dollar, but we know he doesn’t pay his employees well. We know he doesn’t pay his contractors all the time, so most of it’s probably going right back into that man’s pocket, because he refused to do what was necessary and divest from his properties, divest from his businesses, in order to take on the role of the President of the United States.

I encourage everybody to read this full Public Citizen report because it explains, in simple terms, exactly how Donald Trump has conned every single person in this country, and how he is using the office of the presidency to make himself even richer.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced