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 TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president 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 McCarthyOvernight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 Republicans offer details on environmental proposals after Democrats roll out plan GOP leaders encourage retiring lawmakers to give up committee posts MORE (Calif.), Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsRepublicans criticize Pelosi for gifting pens used to sign impeachment articles Trump, Democrats set for brawl on Iran war powers Overnight Defense: Iran crisis eases as Trump says Tehran 'standing down' | Dems unconvinced on evidence behind Soleimani strike | House sets Thursday vote on Iran war powers MORE (N.C.) and Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingLawmakers introduce bill taxing e-cigarettes to pay for anti-vaping campaigns Democrat who opposed Trump, Clinton impeachment inquiries faces big test House GOP criticizes impeachment drive as distracting from national security issues 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

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.