Republicans steal money…FROM PUPPIES!

You’re sinking pretty low there, Lara Trump.

A dog rescue charity with links to Lara Trump has spent as much as $1.9 million at former President Donald Trump’s properties over the last seven years and will drop an additional quarter-million at his Mar-a-Lago country club this weekend.

According to a permit filed with the town of Palm Beach, Florida, Big Dog Ranch Rescue estimates it will spend $225,000 at the club where Donald Trump has taken up full-time residence since leaving the White House. All the profit from that spending winds up in his pocket.

Lara Trump, the Donald’s daughter-in-law, wants to run for the US Senate from North Carolina. Do North Carolinians hate puppies? I hope they remember this grift.


  1. kathleenzielinski says

    I think one of the lessons from the Trump administration is that his followers don’t care about grift. They probably think he deserves it.

  2. drsteve says

    All I can think of is one of The Simpsons all-time best one-liners: ‘Roger Meyers is a great man! Every Christmas he goes down to the pound and frees one dog and one cat and gives them to a hungry family.’

    In context btw the Roger Meyers character is the sleazy heir to a family media fortune. . .

  3. tacitus says

    Looking at Big Dog Ranch Rescue’s 2018 Form 990, it doesn’t look too bad, and Charity Navigator gives them 80/100 which is a passing grade.

    According to the tax filing, none of the directors took a salary, and out of total revenue of $5.2 million, they spent $2.3 million on (non-executive) salaries, and about $1.1 million on items like pet food, vet bills, and building repairs and maintenance. The rest is a mix of fundraising, administration, legal fees, etc.

    Looks like Trump didn’t get involved until 2018, and the charity has been around for a good while before that, and to be scrupulously fair, if any charity could get a good deal to hold a fundraiser in a place where you know there are hundreds of rich-as-balls people milling around leaving trails of $100 bills in their wake, they would probably take it.

    That said, Big Dog Ranch Rescue’s website does scream white privilege, so it’s not likely to be a bare bones operation like most pet rescue organizations are, so I suspect there are far more efficient and effective rescue operations people can donate to. Also, a normal billionaire family would pay for the fundraisers out of their own pockets, but we know that the Trump family is anything but normal.

  4. raven says

    Republicans steal money…FROM PUPPIES! You expected something different?
    These are the people who put children in cages and concentration camps. Where some of them die.
    These are the people who spent 11 years trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act despite the fact that it saves money rather than costs money.

  5. hillaryrettig1 says

    In MO and I think some other states, GOP has voted down bills to limit puppy mills, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up.