RNC paid about $60K for Trump to attend UFC match: report

The Republican National Committee (RNC) paid about $60,000 for ringside seats for President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE and his guests at an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event at Madison Square Garden over the weekend, according to The Washington Post.

The price tag covered catering, security and seats for Trump, his two adult sons, and GOP Reps. Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHarris introduces bill to prevent California wildfires McCarthy says views on impeachment won't change even if Taylor's testimony is confirmed House Republicans call impeachment hearing 'boring,' dismiss Taylor testimony as hearsay MORE (Calif.), Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsDemocrats seize on new evidence in first public impeachment hearing House Republicans call impeachment hearing 'boring,' dismiss Taylor testimony as hearsay Key takeaways from first public impeachment hearing MORE (N.C.) and Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingHouse panel advances flavored e-cigarette ban Hillicon Valley: Schumer questions Army over use of TikTok | Federal court rules against random searches of travelers' phones | Groups push for election security funds in stopgap bill | Facebook's new payment feature | Disney+ launch hit by glitches The Hill's Morning Report - Witness transcripts plow ground for public impeachment testimony MORE (N.Y.), the Post reported Monday. The price per ticket was not clear, although tickets cost between $100 and $700 each for the public.


According to House ethics rules, lawmakers may accept free sporting event tickets if the event is a “bone fide” fundraiser, but the Saturday event was neither a campaign event nor an official fundraiser, according to the Post. An RNC official told the newspaper that the committee paid for the tickets because of Trump’s attendance.

The Hill has reached out to McCarthy's, Meadows's and King’s offices for comment. The RNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump and his guests were received with both cheers and boos from varying sections of the crowd at the event known as UFC 244: New York City, which ended early due to an injury to a fighter’s face.

The RNC last month paid $465 per seat for World Series tickets to Nationals Park for Trump and various congressional allies and White House officials, according to the Post, which noted that the RNC also paid for the president to attend the national college football championship game in Atlanta last year.