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Analysis: Trump campaign has paid $8 million to his businesses

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Donald Trump’s campaign has paid his family’s businesses more than $8.2 million during the course of his White House bid, according to a new analysis.

Payments to Trump businesses comprise about 7 percent of the campaign’s total $119 million spending, Politico reported Thursday, citing campaign finance filings.
 
{mosads}Trump’s campaign paid his businesses $1.3 million for services including rent for his campaign offices, $544,000 for food and facilities for meetings and events, as well as $333,000 to Trump corporate employees for help with campaign-related services, the report said.
 
The GOP presidential nominee has long faced scrutiny over his campaign’s use of Trump corporate properties and services, with questions about using campaign resources to benefit his businesses or holding campaign events at what are viewed as extravagant venues. Trump last week held a high-profile event at his new hotel in Washington, D.C. 
 
Politico reported that most of the spending to date — nearly $6 million — has gone to TAG Air, the holding company for Trump’s private plane that he uses to fly to campaign events around the country.
 
Federal campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission also show that $500,000 in services like staff and rent from Trump-owned businesses were donated to Trump’s campaign, Politico noted.
 
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton needled Trump in June for “spending his meager campaign resources” on “himself” after a report earlier this summer found he had spent millions of campaign funds on his corporate products and services.
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