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Kakistocracy or Kleptocracy?

2017-04-24

The State Department put up a travelog-style description of Mar-a-Lago, Don the Con’s privately owned weekend retreat in Florida, on its ShareAmerica website a couple of weeks ago, but the page was taken down today.  There has been unwelcome publicity about the conflict of interest involved in advertising a 114-room mansion and golf course, for which Don the Con recently doubled the membership fee (from $100K to $200K).

Last week, records of the money donated by businesses and individuals to Don the Con to put on his inauguration festival were released.  More than $107 million was raised, with billionaire Sheldon Adelson giving $5 million.  Businesses were capped at $1 million each, and ATT, Pfizer, several coal companies, and many others donated the maximum.  Don the Con has turned around and granted favors to these businesses and individuals, from gutting the EPA to repealing rules against dumping coal waste in streams.  There is no doubt Donald is offering pay-to-play to all comers.

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