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Friendly skies: Jet-owning donors reap Trump-era rewards

Posted On: Oct 1, 2020   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

WASHINGTON - Ben Pogue, owner of a Texas construction company, provided the use of a private jet to President Donald Trump's reelection campaign last fall. Several months later, his father received a presidential pardon.
Like more than a dozen other big Republican donors, many whose businesses are affected by Trump administration policy, he found a way to gain influence beyond simply writing a check. And, like many of them, he received some form of payback.
Records reviewed by The Associated Press show that donors with private aircraft have provided nearly $600,000 in private flights since July 2019 to Trump Victory, the president's big-dollar fundraising committee led by Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News star who is dating Donald Trump Jr.
The donations highlight the gulf between Trump's promise to clean up Washington's pay-to-play “swamp,” and the reality of his presidency.
While there is rarely a straight line between a donation and a desired result, the flight arrangements offered donors a...

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