Donald Trump is directly profiting from being commander in chief, report finds

President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers have spent more than $1 million at Trump-branded properties for political and fundraising events during Trump’s first year in office, according to a report from the Center for Responsive Politics, which shows that Trump is directly profiting from being commander in chief.

The vast majority — $784,055 — of that haul comes from Trump-related political committees, including his 2020 re-election campaign, according to the CRP report. The rest comes from the Republican National Committee and other Republican elected officials.

A look inside Trump SoHo:

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The Trump SoHo hotel is seen in Manhattan, New York, U.S. April 20, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
The Trump Soho Hotel is seen in New York April 9, 2010. The first Trump Hotel built in Downtown New York, a 46-story, 391-room luxury hotel condominium, opened to guests on Friday. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL)
Women walk across a carpet outside of the Trump Soho Hotel in New York April 9, 2010. The first Trump Hotel built in Downtown New York, a 46-story, 391-room luxury hotel condominium, opened to guests on Friday. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL)
A living room inside one of the rooms at the Trump Soho Hotel is seen in New York April 9, 2010. The first Trump Hotel built in Downtown New York, a 46-story, 391-room luxury hotel condominium, opened to guests on Friday. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL)
The bathroom inside the Trump Soho Hotel is seen in New York April 9, 2010. The first Trump Hotel built in Downtown New York, a 46-story, 391-room luxury hotel condominium, opened to guests on Friday. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL)
A room at the Trump Soho Hotel is seen in New York April 9, 2010. The first Trump Hotel built in Downtown New York, a 46-story, 391-room luxury hotel condominium, opened to guests on Friday. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: TRAVEL BUSINESS)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 8: The Trump Soho Hotel dominates the skyline on September 8, 2017 in the soho neighborhood of New York City.(Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
The Trump Soho building on Varick at Spring Streets on Thursday, May 8, 2017. (Photo by Jefferson Siegel/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 3: The setting sun reflects off the Trump Soho New York hotel on September 3, 2017 as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 21: A view of the Trump SoHo hotel condominium building, February 21, 2017 in New York City. The development of Trump SoHo, completed in 2010, was constructed in partnership with the Bayrock Group, headed by former Soviet official Tevfik Arif. Felix Sater, a Russian-American businessman, also worked for Bayrock Group during the development of Trump SoHo. Despite repeated claims that he is not involved in any business deals with Russia, President Trump's ties to the country continue to be scrutinized. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 21: A view of the Trump SoHo hotel condominium building, February 21, 2017 in New York City. The development of Trump SoHo, completed in 2010, was constructed in partnership with the Bayrock Group, headed by former Soviet official Tevfik Arif. Felix Sater, a Russian-American businessman, also worked for Bayrock Group during the development of Trump SoHo. Despite repeated claims that he is not involved in any business deals with Russia, President Trump's ties to the country continue to be scrutinized. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: General view of atmosphere as seen during IM Global Winston Baker Finance Dinner at Trump SoHo on April 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for IM Global)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: General view of atmosphere as seen during IM Global Winston Baker Finance Dinner at Trump SoHo on April 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for IM Global)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: General view of atmosphere as seen during IM Global Winston Baker Finance Dinner at Trump SoHo on April 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for IM Global)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: General view of atmosphere as seen during IM Global Winston Baker Finance Dinner at Trump SoHo on April 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for IM Global)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: General view of atmosphere as seen during IM Global Winston Baker Finance Dinner at Trump SoHo on April 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for IM Global)
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No Democrats have spent money at Trump-owned properties for political events, according to the report.

“Those seeking to curry favor with Trump are not only donating to his reelection campaign but holding fundraisers and galas at his resorts, private clubs and hotels — the proceeds of which benefit him and his family,” CRP said.

Notable Trump travels of 2017:

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Saudi Arabia

Kicking off President Trump's first lengthy international trip, the president and first lady were in Saudi Arabia May 20-22.

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Melania Trump spent time with children during their Saudi Arabia visit.

Israel

The Trumps then traveled to Israel from May 22-23.

The Vatican

The president met with Pope Francis and other Vatican officials on May 23-24.

Belgium

Trump spent two days in Belgium from May 24-25 for the NATO summit.

Taormina, Sicily

Trump then arrived in Taormina where the G7 summit was being held.

Hamburg, Germany

On July July 6-8, President Trump spent time in Hamburg where he partook in bilateral meetings with other world leaders.

Paris, France

The president and first lady traveled to Paris on July 13-14, celebrating Bastille Day with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife.

Houston, Texas

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump traveled to Texas twice in late August and early September in the aftermath of the devastating hurricane.

Naples, Florida

The first couple traveled to Naples, Florida on Sept. 14 in the aftermath of the devastating hurricane.

Toronto, Canada

First lady Melania Trump traveled to Canada in September to mark the Invictus Games.

Puerto Rico

The first couple also traveled to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the devastating hurricane on Oct. 3.

Las Vegas

The Trumps also visited Las Vegas on Oct. 4 after the deadly Las Vegas massacre left 58 dead.

More than anything other out-of-Washington D.C. location, President Trump has traveled to a golf course a running 72 times since Inauguration Day.

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Trump claims to have no conflicts of interest regarding his business empire. However, he never quite fully severed ties to his businesses. He deputized his children — with whom he’s closely tied — to run them after he took office.

A handful of Republican lawmakers have also hosted political events at Trump properties.

Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) — a vulnerable Republican House member who came under fire after playing a prominent role in the failed Obamacare repeal effort — has spent the most at Trump-branded properties, dropping $15,221, according to CRP.

10 most common words used to describe Trump:

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"Incompetent"

 "Arrogant"

"Strong"

"Idiot"

"Egotistical"

 "Ignorant"

"Great"

"Racist"

"A**hole"

"Narcissistic"

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), who’s earned a reputation as being Vladimir Putin’s “favorite congressman,” as he has promoted the Russian president’s priorities, spent $12,546 at Trump-branded properties — the second highest amount from GOP lawmakers, according to CRP.

The data shows that before Trump became president, hardly any political events were held at his properties.

In the entire 2014 election cycle, just $33,926 was spent at Trump-branded properties for political events, according to CRP’s report. But the number has skyrocketed since Trump began running for president.

In the 2016 cycle, Trump, the GOP and Republican candidates spent $4.3 million at Trump-branded properties for political events, with the vast majority of that coming from Trump’s presidential campaign.

 

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