After two major newspapers published the records of donations made to the Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony, another reporter led a crowdsourced effort which revealed that many of the records may have been falsified.
Interestingly, some reports include details of donations being made from “people” whose names don’t exist anywhere else, and whose listed mailing addresses are vacant lots.
The New York Times and Washington Post published the Trump inauguration donation records. Trump’s inauguration ended up being a poorly attended and comparatively small event, not justifying the large amount of donated funds.
Huffington Post reporter Christina Wilkie put the records into an editable online Google Document and asked her followers on social media to help her investigate the more than fifteen hundred supposed donors. The results thus far are astounding. A few examples:
On line 183, a $400,000 donation is listed from “Isabel T. John” who doesn’t appear to be a real person according to any available public records. Moreover, one participant confirmed first hand that the listed mailing address for the donation has been a vacant lot for years.
On lines 726 and 727 of the document, a combined $100,000 was donated from the mailing address of a nonprofit organisation that appears to have only had $500 in revenue, to begin with.
There are also quite a few entries in which the listed zip code is on the other side of the country from the listed city and state. The collaborative research is still ongoing, as the Google Doc continues to evolve.
Source: Palmer Report
Now You Can Get the Latest Buzz On Your Phone! Download the PagalParrot Mobile App For Android