Monday, September 12, 2016

Same Old Deadbeat Donald: Cheerleaders Sue, Staff Unpaid. 400+ Liens Against Properties. Where's The Money?

So Much For Financing His Own Campaign Because, Ya Know, He's Really Rich!

Are you serious?
Apologies for freedom—
I can’t handle this!

When freedom rings—
Answer the call!
On your feet!
Stand up tall!

Freedom’s on our shoulders.
Enemies of freedom
Face the music

Come on, boys—take ‘em down!
President Donald Trump knows how
To make America great
Deal from strength or get crushed every time…

Over here…
Over there…
Freedom and liberty everywhere…

Oh, say can you see
It’s not so easy
But we have to stand up tall and answer freedom’s call

We’re the land of the free and the brave… USA…
The stars and stripes are flying
Let’s celebrate our freedom
Inspire, proudly, freedom to the world
American pride…

It’s attitude, it’s who we are
Stand up tall…
We’re the red, white, and blue
Fiercely free, that’s who!

Our colors don’t run, no sirree…
Over here…
Over there…

Freedom and liberty everywhere…
Oh, say can you see
It’s not so easy
But we have to stand up tall and answer freedom’s call!*

So what did these brave young cheerleaders get for preforming this bizarre mishmash?


The USA Freedom Kids said in a newly filed lawsuit the Trump campaign broke verbal agreements for performances at two events and refused to pay even a $2,500 stipend for the group’s travel expenses.

"A Verbal Agreement Isn't Worth The Paper It's Written On" - Sam Goldwin

Maybe Trump thought a verbal agreement wasn't worth anything, but things got worse for the little performers and it looked like Trump was actually trying to screw them:
When the USA Freedom Kids' manager complained that they hadn't been paid, Trump's campaign offered to have them set up a table and sell their merchandise at their next performance:
[Jeff] Popick agreed, reasoning that the group could net more than $2,500 in merchandise sales, but, the rally was “chaos,” Popick told The Daily Beast. There was no merchandise table, and it wouldn’t have mattered if there was one: security didn’t allow the girls to bring any of their merchandise into the Pensacola Bay Center. They left it outside in the parking lot, where all of it—the t-shirts, the CDs, the patriotic posters—was stolen while the girls performed their act, Popick says.
And he's stiffing his staff:
According to former employees, they were told they would be paid when Corey Lewandowski was campaign manager. But Paul Manafort, who replaced Lewandowski in July, said the staffers would remain unpaid.
Others who, according to the FEC filings, have not been paid include finance chairman Steven Mnuchin, national political director Rick Wiley and senior adviser Barry Bennett, who were not available for comment. Nor were Manafort, Gates and Clark.

Many of Donald Trump's Washington, D.C., policy staffers quit working for the campaign after not being paid or publicly recognized, according to a new report in The Washington Post.
It’s a complete disaster,” a campaign adviser told the Post. “They use and abuse people. The policy office fell apart in August when the promised checks weren’t delivered.”

The Deadbeat Of Real Estate

"Is he that rich,
maybe he's poor,
'til he reveals his returns,
who can be sure?"

- Barbra Streisand sings to the tune of "Send In The Clowns"

For decades, Trump has been known in real estate circles as a deadbeat: with over 400 liens against his properties, by waiters, contractors, and even some his own lawyers for non payment, the man has a lot of splainin' to do to supporters who look upon him as a successful businessman.
An exclusive USA TODAY analysis of legal filings across the United States finds that the [then] presumptive Republican presidential nominee and his businesses have been involved in at least 3,500 legal actions in federal and state courts during the past three decades. They range from skirmishes with casino patrons to million-dollar real estate suits to personal defamation lawsuits.

Some of lawsuits involved the infamous Trump modus operandi: run them down until they go bankrupt with legal fees.

Will Trump surrogates and spokespeople get paid? Supposedly they are ... for now, but time will tell: in eight weeks, Trump might see another battery of lawsuits.

So where does the money go?

Getting something for nothing is lucrative, especially for a man like Donald Trump. Trump's pockets are full of unspent money for projects, tons of money from Trump Branding (mostly in Muslim countries!) and deals where the deposits were lost (to him)

A take on Trump's finances:

- He's worth a lot less than he says he is - maybe not even a billion.
- most of his money has been filtered through his branding to offshore accounts.
- he has dealings with many of the people/countries he excoriates.
- he's had more failures than successes
- his convoluted finances hide that fact that he is (besides the offshore accounts) hocked up to the hilt and in debt to various shady businesses since banks refuse to loan him money.**
- he has piled convoluted deal unto convoluted so that auditing is inevitable and he will never release his returns - keeping his image in his own hands.

There is some irony in the fact that a self-proclaimed business whiz is a deadbeat. Either that or with hundreds of "no-pay-for-shoddy-work" excuses, he demonstrates just how bad he is in scrutinizing potential employees and contractors.

Will surrogates and upper level campaign staff turn on him? Doubtful. They don't want to join the "ranks of rubes/" - the millions who have been duped into thinking that Trump is "the man," because he says so.

Meantime, the suits keep piling up from outside the campaign.

Let's hope the cheerleaders win their suit - after The Donald loses his election.

*Oh, and the Trump campaign has just gotten hit with copyright infringement, since the song itself was taken directly from Irving Berlin's "Over There" and not in public domain.

**Mother Jones: "Trump's disclosure form lists 16 loans from 11 different lenders, totaling at least $335 million, and the aggregate amount is likely much more." His chief lender is the controversial Deutsche Bank which has paid billions in fines for rigging interest rates.

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