Gather round all you “killers of dreams.” Remember how three weeks ago Melania was righteously miffed at the New York Times and other media outlets who had the audacity to truthfully report that she was collecting money for a fundraising event when she wasn’t legally registered to do so? Well, guess what? That was correct information then and it is correct information now. The event has been canceled, although Melania’s spokesman states that “Florida state did not shut us down,” and there’s one other teensy detail: How much money is Melania holding, which was improperly collected? The New York Times:
Mrs. Trump had announced in late January plans for what she called “Tulips & Topiaries,” a gathering at an undisclosed location in Naples, Fla., that would feature an “elaborate flower garden with tulips” and “delicious hors d’oeuvres alongside tea and bubbles.” Tickets were put on sale for as much as $50,000 for a VIP table, with the money, she said, slated to provide scholarships to children emerging from foster care.
But Whip Fundraising, a consulting firm that helped organize the event, only registered as required by the state in recent days, after Florida officials began investigating the matter. Florida requires certain organizations that ask for charitable donations among Florida residents to first file with the state and then report how the money will be spent.
“They were not registered as a professional solicitor or a fund-raising consultant, and they are working to rectify that,” said Erin Moffet, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which oversees charitable organizations in the state. […]
Ms. Moffet said the event planned for April 9 had been canceled and that any money that had been raised through ticket sales would be forwarded to a nonprofit group called GenJustice that is registered in Florida as a charity, and that helps foster children. With that, she said, the state’s investigation into the matter had been closed.
In a statement Thursday, Mrs. Trump’s office declined to say how much money had been raised, but said the event had not been canceled. “The event organizer is rescheduling to a future date due to the overwhelming support from individuals and charitable organizations,” the statement said.
Brad Keltner, the head of Whip Fundraising, said in an interview on Thursday that his company had not broken any state rules and that the initial guidance from the state he had received in December was that he did not need to register as a fund-raiser. But he said after being contacted by state investigators, he had moved this week to register with the state to eliminate any outstanding questions. He said the decision to reschedule the event was unrelated to the state inquiry and no one from the state had asked that it be called off.
“Florida state did not shut us down,” he said. “This was an internal decision made due to overwhelming response that we were not prepared to handle.”
Well, we certainly hope that they regroup and get ready to handle the stampede of people who want to spend $50K to drink a cup of tea and eat a cucumber sandwich. Common sense would decree that anybody else in that kind of a position would find a way to keep the event on calendar and merely shift to a larger venue, or whatever would accommodate the crowd. But this is Trump world and common sense is in shorter supply than business acumen, and that is virtually non existent.
And wouldn’t it be interesting to know how much money Melania collected already? Just asking. You know what they say, the Devil is in the details.