LePage's hotel expenses may be revealed soon

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Maine may release documents related to LePage’s taxpayer-funded hotel stay

From “Taxpayer cost of LePage’s stay at Trump hotel to finally be released?” by Colin Woodard for The Press Herald:

Throughout its final 22 months in office, the [Maine] governor’s office failed to comply with a public records request from the Portland Press Herald for receipts and other documentation connected with [Paul] LePage’s taxpayer-funded stay at the Trump International Hotel. LePage’s use of the hotel has been repeatedly cited by a federal judge in connection with a lawsuit alleging Trump is violating the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution, which forbids a president from profiting from foreign, federal or state governments…

With the change in administrations, the information will likely be released soon, as the new Democratic administration of Gov. Janet Mills now has responsibility for fulfilling the requests and has little incentive to delay release of her predecessor’s travel expense information.

In addition to the stay in question, LePage has been spotted at the president’s hotel two other times:

Visitors dying at National Parks during shutdown while rangers staff Old Post Office

Rep. Don Beyer (D–VA) noted that while people where dying in National Parks during the government shutdown, the National Park Service is able to keep the Old Post Office tower staffed.

The Spa by Ivanka Trump’s Instagram page disappeared

Three weeks after it launched, The Spa by Ivanka Trump’s Instagram page is no more. 1100 Pennsylvania first reported about the page’s existence on Dec. 19. By the following day, its sole post was removed. Now the account is kaput altogether.

Ivanka has taken a leave of absence from the Trump Organization and no longer has any connection to the spa, according to a spokesperson. Her ownership stake in the D.C. hotel, however, paid her $2.4 million from its opening to June 2017.

The D.C. hotel’s managing director, Mickael Damelincourt, and spokespeople for both the Trump Organization and its D.C. hotel have not replied to emails asking to verify the Instagram account’s authenticity and, why it is no more.

Allen County, Indiana GOP party chairman stayed at Trump Hotel

And how do we know that? Because the chairman, Steve Shine, let his local newspaper, The Journal Gazette, know that Trump Hotel was still carrying chocolates from area confectioner DeBrand Fine Chocolates.

Also in the article: Shine was staying in the president’s hotel while in D.C. to attend the swearing in of the vice-president’s brother, Greg Pence, as a member of Congress. (Pence’s campaign spent $22,924.80 at Trump properties.)

Noteworthy sightings

Politico Playbook spotted acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney dining with former chief of staff Reince Preibus at their current and former boss’s hotel.

FDA staffer Israel Joffee enjoyed drinks with Rabia Kazan, president of the Middle Eastern Women’s Coalition, and Alice Butler-Short, founder of Virginia Women for Trump.

A staffer on Utah attorney general Sean Reyes’s (R) executive team, Becca Olea, rang in the new year at the hotel and ran into Sen. Bill Cassidy’s (R–LA) press assistant Milly Lothian. Olea celebrated Christmas there as well.

Fox News pundit and Trump campaign advisor Harlan Hill was back at the hotel, posing here with Kazan.

The Hill’s Buck Sexton found solace from the swamp in a hotel the U.S. president owns and can profit from, which is located in a building the U.S. government owns.

Cheyenne Foster, a senior associate at Axiom Strategies—“a full-service political consulting, public affairs, and public relations firm”—dined at the hotel.

New campaign expenditures

Win in 2018, a joint-fundraising committee for 14 state Republican parties, spent $7,154.88 at the president’s hotel on catering and facility rental over two dates in October and November 2018.

Legal cases, current status (latest change, Jan. 7, 2019)

Health inspections, current status (latest change, Aug. 10, 2018)

  • ❌Hotel: five violations on May 7, 2018; two were corrected on site

  • ❌BLT Prime and Benjamin Bar: nine violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Sushi Nakazawa: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Banquet kitchen: no violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Pastry kitchen: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Gift shop: no violations on May 7, 2018

  • ❌Employee kitchen and in-room dining: five violations on Aug. 10, 2018; two were corrected on site

Other Trump Organization news

One thing that has nothing to do with Trump’s businesses (I think, tough to tell sometimes!)

Marty Funkhouser is a singular character in American comedy—earnest and petty and mean and kind and dumb—and perhaps the truest expression of Einstein’s famed wit and bitter sense of humor.” By Ian Crouch for The New Yorker.

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