REVEALED: Trump inauguration took money from foreign donors through shell companies
President Donald Trump marching through his inaugural parade with First Lady Melania Trump. Image via screengrab.

Foreign donors masked their contributions to the record-breaking Trump inaugural fund through shell companies.


The Guardian has identified the creators of three funds that each gave $25,000 to the record $107 million fund for President Donald Trump's 2017 inauguration, and found that at least one of them was made for a foreign national who appears to be ineligible to make U.S. political contributions.

The contributors denied wrongdoing, and a spokesman for Trump's campaign chairman Tom Barrack declined to comment.

The committee has been subpoenaed recently by federal prosecutors in New York and the attorney generals of New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

Investigators want to see records and other information on the inaugural committee to examine contributors and spending.

One of the donations uncovered by The Guardian was made through a Delaware shell company by a wealthy Indian financier based in London who apparently does not hold U.S. citizenship or residency.

Another donation was made by a company formed in Georgia by a lobbyist with ties to the Taiwanese government, and his wife said the firm was funded by Chinese investors.

One the couple's daughters was later given an internship in the Trump White House, although they insisted that was unrelated to the donation.

A third contribution, also worth $25,000, was made through a company formed anonymously in New York by an Israeli real estate developer known for helping foreign developers with U.S. legal issues.

The Israeli contributor told the newspaper he held a U.S. "green card" that permitted him to legally contribute.

Washington-based lobbyist Sam Patten, a former colleague of Paul Manafort, admitted last year that he illegally funneled $50,000 to Trump's inauguration from a Ukrainian oligarch.

Special counsel Robert Mueller, as well as other investigators, are looking into foreign attempts to influence American politics and the Trump administration.