Lara Trump, President Trump’s daughter-in-law and senior campaign adviser, served on the board of a limited liability company through which Political Operation Trump has spent nearly $ 900 million since 2019 , according to documents reviewed by the New York Times. She was also named on the drafts of the company’s incorporation documents.
The arrangement was never disclosed. One of the other board members and signatories to the LLC’s draft documents, American Made Media Consultants, was John Pence, Vice President Mike Pence’s nephew and a senior advisor to Trump. The LLC has been criticized for deliberately obscuring the ultimate destination of hundreds of millions of dollars in spending. Ms. Trump is married to President Eric Trump’s son.
The president has spent millions of dollars campaigning on his own family businesses over the past five years. But the recently leaked documents show an even more complex mix of Mr. Trump’s political and family interests than previously known.
A spokesperson for the president, Tim Murtaugh, said that neither Ms Trump nor John Pence were paid by American Made Media Consultants for their services as members of the board of directors.
“Lara Trump and John Pence resigned from the AMMC Board of Directors in October 2019 to focus solely on their campaign activities. However, there was never an ethical or legal reason why they couldn’t sit on the board initially, ”he said.