Donald Trump’s presidential transition team is struggling to raise money ahead of the 2017 presidential inauguration, according to a Republican congressman.
Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) discussed an upcoming fundraising trip from Trump campaign manager (and soon to be White House counselor) Kellyanne Conway in his state: “Mr. Trump held a fundraiser down in New York City a few weeks back and did raise some money, but they have – I would use the word – ‘struggled’ to raise the private funds needed to pay these individuals who are working on behalf of the taxpayers but not being paid by the government.”
Conway is headlining a $5,000 a head fundraiser at the Westin Buffalo hotel. Trump cannot legally use money raised in the political campaign for the transition from the Obama administration to his.
Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner blasted the high-dollar Trump event in a release: “He hasn’t even taken the oath, and Donald Trump is already breaking his promises to the American people. After campaigning on ‘draining the swamp’ and a commitment to the working class, Trump is sending his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway to Buffalo to grab big money from the same elite he railed against for a year and a half.”