Donald Trump stated at a Norwood, Massachusetts campaign on Friday that although he’s receiving millions in donations from people across the country supporting his presidential campaign, he is turning the money down. The Republican real estate mogul also denied that his event was a fundraiser, despite a sign indicating otherwise.
WSDU News reports that Trump was charging $100-a-head at his Massachusetts campaign. A sign placed outside of the campaign read, “Please have checks made payable to: Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. or cash ready on entry. Thank you.”
Trump explained the sign, stating that there are a lot of people to feed, and the money paid for the event is for food expenses.
“This is not a fundraiser tonight, just so you understand. We are, I guess they’re paying for some of the basics in terms of, you know, we have food, we have, I guess 1,500 or 2,000 people, but this not a fundraiser. We are not doing anything in terms of fundraising. I think they’re doing something to offset the cost of food for 2,000 people.”
According to Trump’s campaign spokesperson, Hope Hicks, the campaign paid for the event, and took the money for reimbursement. Yet, Ernie Boch Jr., the host of event, told CNN that he paid for the entire event.
“Oh sure, (the money) goes to the campaign, sure, the checks are made out to Donald Trump. I don’t know that it would cover the cost of the event but we haven’t really discussed it. I am paying for the event tonight. I have invited my friends and acquaintances, and it started as a fundraiser but it kind of morphed into something bigger.”
Trump still denies any money is raised for his presidential campaigns, stating it’s “corrupting influence on politics.” He also bashed his competition for creating fundraisers for their campaign, including Jeb Bush, who Trump called a puppet.
“Everybody that puts money up for Jeb Bush, it’s like he’s a puppet. He’s totally controlled by these people.”
Thousands of people packed into the Norwood property to listen to Trump speak, including numerous fans of the business mogul, military veterans, and others who were just curious to hear what he would say. Chef Tony Ambrose provided the participants with food as a live cover band played.
Despite the fundraiser confusion, the content crowd didn’t seem to mind either way. As Donald Trump spoke on various issues such as women’s health and illegal immigration, he speech was met mostly with loud cheers and claps.
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