MOGUL: GROUP ATTACKED HIM AFTER HE DECLINED $1 MILLION CONTRIBUTION REQUEST
|| By FITSNEWS || Billionaire real estate mogul and reality television mega-star Donald Trump – the newest candidate for the GOP presidential nomination – is accusing a national taxpayer advocacy group of attempting to shake him down for a $1 million donation.
According to Trump, he met with David McIntosh – president of the Club for Growth – in his offices at Trump Tower in New York City on May 28. Trump’s campaign says the meeting lasted for half an hour, and featured McIntosh praising the mogul “for his business success” and talking about the need for that sort of experience in Washington, D.C.
A week later, Trump and his political advisor Corey Lewandowski received letters from McIntosh seeking a $1 million contribution for the Club for Growth. Trump declined to cut the group a check – and by the time he got around to announcing his candidacy, McIntosh’s praise had turned to derision.
“He is not a serious Republican candidate, and many of his positions make him better suited to take on Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary,” McIntosh said of Trump.
McIntosh also called for Trump to be excluded from participating in any GOP debates.
“This exemplifies everything that is wrong with politics in our country,” Trump’s campaign stated in a release. “Club for Growth claims to fight for conservative causes and support Republican candidates who oppose politics as usual, and apparently will say anything in an effort to raise funds. This unfortunate incident is representative of the corruption that persists in Washington, D.C., and politics in general, in the United States.”
A Club spokesman rebuked Trump’s claims, telling Bloomberg the mogul “initiated a serious interest in donating to the Club for Growth, so we responded to him, just as we do with all potential donors.”
Much to the Club’s chagrin, Trump appears likely to quality for the first “Republican” presidential debate – currently scheduled for August 6 in Cleveland, Ohio.