- Apr 28, 2015
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$750,000 settlement reached with DC attorney general in case involving funds used in 2017 Trump inauguration | CNN Politics
The Trump Organization and the Presidential Inaugural Committee will pay a total of $750,000 to settle with the Washington, DC, attorney general's office over allegations they misspent money raised for former President Donald Trump's inauguration.
In announcing the settlement, DC Attorney General Karl Racine said, "After he was elected, one of the first actions Donald Trump took was illegally using his own inauguration to enrich his family. We refused to let that corruption stand. With our lawsuit, we are now clawing back money that Trump's own inaugural committee misused."
I've followed this incident over the years, and quite frankly I have a problem with this settlement:
"As recounted above, in my excerpt, an illegal act was committed. Recouping the illegally gotten monies is fine, but why is there no criminal prosecution and criminal penalty?"
The Trump's are not alone in this type of criminal avoidance. Getting-off free, except for financial remuneration, often only partial remuneration, seem to be S.O.P. for the wealthy & affluent. When you look at the numbers, it becomes apparent the financial penalty is often a drop in the bucket, compared to the illegal gains realized. Given the immense profits often involved in these schemes, it seems to me that without criminal penalty the financial penalty simply becomes a cost of doing business, to be factored into the business case.
I find the above disheartening & disgusting, but it appears such is the current state of life in America.
Is it any wonder our young people, just starting out in life, are often reticent or reluctant to be part of, or support, our current system? Can we blame them?