The RNC shelled out $175,000 in May for a donor event at Mar-a-Lago. That's just a fraction of the $2.6 million they've spent at Trump's businesses since 2007.

The RNC shelled out $175,000 in May for a donor event at Mar-a-Lago. That's just a fraction of the $2.6 million they've spent at Trump's businesses since 2007.
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The RNC paid over $175,000 to Mar-a-Lago for a donor event held in April. Getty Images
  • The RNC shelled out $175,000 for a donor event at Mar-a-Lago this May.

  • That sum is just a fraction of what the RNC has spent at Trump properties over the last 14 years.

  • According to FEC data, the RNC spent over $2.6 million at Trump businesses since 2007.

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The Republican National Committee (RNC) have been big spenders at Trump's Mar-a-Lago club this year, shelling out a cool $175,000 for a donor event held there in April.

Per the RNC's Federal Election Commission (FEC) May filings seen by Insider, the hefty chunk of change was used to pay for "venue rental and catering" at the former president's Palm Beach property.

The disbursement of $175,900.11 was made on May 12, but an RNC spokeswoman told CNBC that the fees were for an RNC donor event held at the property in April. At this particular donor event, Trump made an appearance, calling minority leader Mitch McConnell a "dumb son of a b----h" during a 50-minute-long speech.

According to FEC data seen by Insider, across 239 occasions from 2007 to 2021, the RNC spent over $2.6 million on purchases at Trump-related businesses and properties, including its hotels. These ranged from catering expenses to venue rental fees.

Most of the RNC's expenditure at Trump's businesses came after he was anointed the GOP's presidential nominee in 2016. In 2017, The New York Times even dubbed Mar-a-Lago Trump's "winter White House," detailing the high-profile visits with top executives at the members-only club.

However, expenses for events at Trump properties began to peter out after he lost the election in November 2020, with only one disbursement to Trump businesses per month from the RNC in the first three months of 2021.

The Florida club, where the former president now resides, remains a hotspot to which conservative figures flock. In May, Ted Cruz posted a picture of himself at a candlelit dinner with Trump at Mar-a-Lago. Other conservative figures, like Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Rep. Lauren Boebert, and Rep. Matt Gaetz, have also attended events at the property.

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