You may no longer be able to have coffee with Ivanka Trump if you donate to Eric Trump’s foundation, but you can still earn a spot in an exclusive meet and greet for “sportsman’s charities,” held by Eric and Donald Trump, Jr.
According to TMZ, a brochure for the “Opening Day Foundation” explains that donors willing to shell out between half-a-million and a million dollars to various conservation charities can earn themselves a spot an an exclusive reception featuring the President-elect.
The event, called “Camouflage and Cufflinks,” will take place on the evening after Trump’s inauguration, the “opening day,” and will feature a performance by country music star Toby Keith.
In pursuit of the non-profit’s agenda, the event will “celebrate the great American tradition of outdoor sporting, shooting, fishing and conservation.” “Bald Eagle” donors, who give $1 million or more, and “Grizzly Bear” donors who give $500,000, will earn themselves a “multi-day hunting and/or fishing trip” with one or both of President Trump’s sons.
Bald Eagle and Grizzly Bear donors also get access to a VIP reception, where they’ll get a photo op with the newly minted president. If you give less than half-a-million, you’ll have to settle for a picture with Eric or Donald, Jr. There aren’t any ticket options under $25,000.
The sons’ conservation charity, Opening Day, was formed just last week, with a headquarters in Texas, with both sons as directors.
The Center for Public Integrity and various campaign-finance reform organizations are already crying foul, because non-profits, as opposed to political campaigns and 501(c)(3) organizations, do not have to reveal their donors. But it seems President Obama actually blazed the trail for a non-profit group, closely tied to a politician, with his My Brothers’ Keeper foundation (though it took years into his presidency before he launched the charity).
In 2013, Obama was criticized for opening the floodgates, allowing corporate and individual donors to “buy access” to Inauguration events, where they could, in turn, get face time with the president. Some of his 2013 Inaugural events even featured door prizes, souvenirs, and take-home gifts furnished by the nation’s largest companies.