There’s Donald Trump sparkling wine, bottled water, marbled steaks and even licensed mattresses. There are the hotels, resorts and golf courses. And the new book, of course, Crippled America, published in November of last year. And all those “Make America Great Again” hats. Apparently, America can’t get enough of it all.
An analysis by The Washington Post of financial disclosure forms shows business is booming while Trump runs for president. Revenues at Trump National Doral, a four-course golf complex in Florida, went from $69 million to $183 million year-to-year, according to his disclosures. Other courses in Florida and New Jersey had revenue increase significantly. His Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, almost doubled earnings since the start of his controversial campaign. Bottled water brand Trump Ice has been racing out of refrigerators, with revenue jumping 68% over last year. The book has earned up to $7 million in royalties, he reported.
Overall, Trump reported $501 million in business revenue on his 2014 statement — and $771 million for a shorter period of time covering his presidential campaign in a statement released this week. Trump, naturally, says he’s “proud” to file “the largest [statement] in the history of the FEC [Federal Election Commission]” (though the FEC wouldn’t confirm that). Imagine how much he could rake in from the White House …
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