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Daily Beast: Trump Family Donated to DC Politicians Who Helped OK New Hotel

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By    |   Tuesday, 13 Sep 2016 02:32 PM

The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. opens next month, due in large part to the help of the mayor and congressional representative of D.C., both of whom received donations from Donald Trump and his children, The Daily Beast reports.

Trump's daughter Ivanka heads the project, which had a soft opening this week.

"The Trump Organization is committed to making this the finest luxury hotel in the world and we think the building's location and historic nature will allow us to do that," Ivanka Trump told The Washington Post in an interview in February of 2012, when the announcement was made.

According to the Daily Beast, the Trump Organization began donating money soon after, primarily to Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Mayor Muriel Bowser.

"There's no evidence of anything illegal about it," Lawrence Noble of the Campaign Legal Center told The Daily Beast, but he admitted that it looks bad.

"The closer you are to doing something specifically for somebody," he continued, "the more it raises ethical questions."

In June of that year, Ivanka Trump sent Norton's campaign committee $2,500, in the next two years she donated the maximum $2,600.

According to Norton, she had been working for 15 years to redevelop the Old Post Office building, and she celebrated the deal to turn the building into a luxury hotel.

"The Old Post Office lease starts a win-win for all involved — the federal government, the District of Columbia and the Trump Organization."

Not three weeks later, Trump donated $2,600 to Citizens for Eleanor Holmes Norton.

In August, 2014, two weeks after the groundbreaking ceremony attended by the Trump family, Norton, and Bowser, Ivanka Trump donated a further $2,600 to Norton's campaign. A few months before then, Ivanka Trump gave $2,000 to Bowser just after she'd won the Democratic primary.

By the end of 2014, Eric Trump donated $2,000 to her campaign, and Donald Trump donated the maximum of $5,000 to her Proud Inaugural Committee.

"It is not unusual for businesses who build in the national capital region to contribute to Members of Congress," Benjamin Fritsch, Norton's communications director, told The Daily Beast in an email, denying that the donations were anything out of the ordinary.

"Congresswoman Norton was at the groundbreaking because of her role as the sponsor of the Old Post Office bill."

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