Still no char­ity money from in­au­gu­ral funds

The Columbus Dispatch - - Not To Be Missed - By Jeff Horwitz and Julie Bykowicz

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s in­au­gu­ral com­mit­tee has con­trib­uted left­over funds to ren­o­va­tions at the White House and the vice pres­i­dent’s res­i­dence.

But the com­mit­tee has yet to start giv­ing money to char­ity, as it promised.

Eight months af­ter rais­ing $ 107 mil­lion, Trump in­sid­ers tell The As­so­ci­ated Press there is con­fu­sion about how much money the com­mit­tee has left. Ven­dors in the in­au­gu­ra­tion’s pro­duc­tion say costs for many items bal­looned over de­layed de­ci­sions and in­ex­pe­ri­enced com­mit­tee staff.

Four peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the cost of the in­au­gu­ra­tion’s wel­come con­cert say it reached as much as $25 mil­lion. Trump in­au­gu­ral com­mit­tee chair­man Tom Bar­rack calls the event a great suc­cess and says he ex­pects the even­tual char­i­ta­ble giv­ing will ex­ceed pre­vi­ous in­au­gu­ra­tions.

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