Business Insider reports that Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, allegedly approved the creation of the shell company, which ultimately spent approximately half of the Trump campaign's huge $1.26 billion budget. A person close to the situation has alleged that Kushner directed Mike Pence's nephew John Pence, Trump campaign Chief Financial officer Sean Dollman, and Lara Trump to serve on the company's board. The company was incorporated as American Made Media Consultants Corp. and American Made Media Consultants LLC. (or AMMC for short).
The creation of the shell company was supposedly to hide financial and operational details from the public, especially as the Trump campaign supposedly spent an astonishing $617 million on his reelection campaign through the company from January 2019 to November 2020. It was first formed in April 2018, and acted as a campaign within a campaign, doling out money to the president's top advisors and Trump family members.
By setting up the shell company, the Trump campaign did not need to meet any federally mandated disclosures. To add to the situation, insiders have said that many on the Trump campaign didn't really understand how the company functioned, and the Trump campaign leaders launched an internal audit on it, although the results of the review were never publicly revealed.
"Lara Trump and John Pence resigned from the AMMC board in October 2019 to focus solely on their campaign activities, however, there was never any ethical or legal reason why they could not serve on the board in the first place," said Trump campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh in a statement on Friday. "John and Lara were not compensated by AMMC for their service as board members."
See reactions to the news below.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) December 18, 2020
Seems like the sort of thing you'd do in anticipation of a blanket pardon. https://t.co/S2Bur14ZAS
— Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias) December 18, 2020
Every photo editor has a file labeled, "Jared looking crooked as hell." https://t.co/vSRVlIeYNp
— Schooley (@Rschooley) December 18, 2020
We’ll never, even after years and years of investigations, audits, and journalistic projects, ever be able to fully grasp just how much much money Trump and his cronies stole from the government and their supporters. https://t.co/vprun61OVS
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) December 18, 2020
The whole operation was a grift.
“Jared Kushner helped create a Trump campaign shell company that secretly paid the president's family members and spent $617 million in reelection cash, a source tells @BusinessInsider" https://t.co/cGESAgU3hz
— Peter Schorsch (@PeterSchorschFL) December 18, 2020
I don't know why it is this thing in particular, but this story about Kushner's shell company that stole $617 million in campaign funds for the Trumps has me so angry I want to burn things.
310,000 dead Americans and all they care about is the grift.
The fucking selfishness.
— Elizabeth C. McLaughlin, Esq. (@ECMcLaughlin) December 18, 2020
Nearly HALF of all the money that the Trump campaign spent in 2020 appears to have gone to a shell company that Jared Kushner helped create that secretly paid Trump's family.
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) December 18, 2020
i've said it many times, many ways: i do not understand why anyone gives trump money. https://t.co/gX30cFFuyh
— chris smith (@chrissmithnymag) December 18, 2020
🚨🚨If true nearly *50%* of the campaign cash trump raised went directly into his and the trump crime family's pockets. Trump must be prosecuted for a lot of crimes and this may one more. https://t.co/h7gbZQK4CL
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) December 18, 2020
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