Trump Campaign And Four Seasons Total Landscaping Never Discussed Payment Terms
President’s attorney Rudy Giuliani speaks at a press conference in the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping on November 7, 2020 in Philadelphia.
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Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and Four Seasons Total Landscaping never discussed terms of payment before the Philadelphia landscaper hosted Rudy Giuliani’s infamous press conference in November.
“Compensation was never discussed, but we got on well. Feel free to browse our wide selection of merchandise at www.fstl1992.com/shop,” wrote Sean Middleton, Sales Director of Four Seasons Total Landscaping. in an email to Forbes Monday.
While federal election commission regulations require campaigns to report in-kind donations of more than $ 200, it is not immediately clear what the value of the hiring was to the Trump campaign. “It is possible that the campaign qualified the use of the property as a donation in kind,” said Middleton. “But these conditions were never discussed with the campaign staff.” The FEC database also does not display a record of any payment or contribution from Four Seasons Total Landscaping.
Trump campaign officials did not immediately respond to a request.
On November 7, Trump’s attorney Giuliani, just like many major news outlets called the presidential election for Joe Biden, tried to spread false electoral conspiracy theories behind a Trump 2020 lectern at Four Seasons Total Landscaping. The spectacle quickly took root in popular culture when the internet toasted Trump’s employees for holding an event at a landscaping company next to an adult bookstore rather than a Four Seasons hotel.
Meanwhile, the Trump campaign has paid another Four Seasons landscaping company. On December 15, the Election Committee presented Four Seasons Landscape and Property Services of Santa Clarita, California, with $ 48,000 for event planning. However, this company is not affiliated with the similarly named one in Philadelphia.
In fact, the Californian company worked for the campaign. According to Dan Blumel, president of Four Seasons Landscape and Property Service, one of his Beverly Hills company’s customers involved the company in preparing for a Trump event in October. “My staff met with the RNC,” he said. “The secret service was there. They built a stage. There was a lot of landscaping in it. We did the job completely and got paid in full. ”
“And then,” he added, “the event was canceled because Trump got Covid.”
Trump Victory paid California’s Four Seasons Landscape and Property Service $ 48,000 in December. However, Four Seasons Total Landscaping of Philadelphia has not yet been paid for.
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I took an unusual route to get here. In a previous life I was a travel and food writer, so in 2016 I was hired to cover the opening of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, just a few miles from my home. When Trump won the election and refused to sell his business, I stuck to the story, started a newsletter called 1100 Pennsylvania (named for the hotel’s address), and contributed to Vanity Fair, Politico, and NBC News. I’m still interested in Trump, but I’ve broadened my focus to also track the money associated with other politicians – both Republicans and Democrats.