DC Will Channel Money From Trump Hotel Settlement to Woke Nonprofits

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May 3, 2022

The District of Columbia will use a $750,000 settlement from the Trump Organization and former president Donald Trump's inaugural committee to pad the pockets of far-left nonprofits, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

D.C. attorney general Karl Racine (D.) announced that nonprofit groups Mikva Challenge DC and DC Action will each receive $375,000 from the settlement money.

DC Action uses "a racial equity lens to break down barriers," the group's website says. The website advertises a list of "antiracist principles," states that "structural racism" blocks "economy opportunity for Black and brown children, youth, and their families," argues for lowering the voting age and making D.C. a state, promotes a minimum-wage hike, and calls for the government to provide every D.C. resident with housing.

While Mikva Challenge says it is nonpartisan, it focuses on "issues of identity, equity, justice, fairness, and change," and its 2021 annual report is filled with left-wing talking points on "income inequality," "abortion rights," and "the spread of misinformation." The group was founded by the late Democratic congressman and Bill Clinton White House counsel Abner Mikva. Among its sponsors are the AFL-CIO and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Racine sued Trump's company and inaugural committee for improperly hosting a private party in 2017 and overpaying for event space at the Trump International Hotel. Racine also claimed the Trump Organization misused $1.1 million, but a D.C. Superior Court judge threw out that charge.

Inaugural committee lawyer Lee Blalack called Racine's claims "baseless" and said his client settled to avoid litigation costs. If the case had gone to trial, the committee and the Trump Organization would have "prevailed based on the evidence," Blalack said.