Badgers’ stay at Doral resort could be used in lawsuit targeting Trump
MADISON, Wis. — The Badgers’ stay at the Trump National Doral golf resort in Miami during the Orange Bowl could be used in a lawsuit targeting President Donald Trump, according to an article from the Washington Post .
Trump is currently being sued by the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia for allegedly violating anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions of payments and benefits from foreign and state governments in his private company during his time in the White House, according to the Washington Post .
During the visit to Miami, the Badgers football team put up about 250 players, athletic department staff, senior university officials and board members at the resort, according to University of Wisconsin-Madison spokesperson John Lucas. The band was also at the Orange Bowl, but stayed at a different hotel..
The Washington Post estimates that the team’s stay at the resort probably cost well over $100,000 based on rates paid by other groups.
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In an interview with the Washington Post, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) said that the team’s stay goes against the domestic emoluments clause in the Constitution, which prohibits the president from accepting benefits or financial rewards from state governments.
Lucas told News 3 that the money to pay for the stay will not come from tax-generated funds and that bowl finances were handled the same as in years past.
The bill is initially settled by the UW Athletic Department, using revenue from ticket sales, concessions, Orange Bowl proceeds and other resources. The university is then reimbursed by the Big 10 Conference, which Lucas said will be about $2.35 million this year.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are arguing that the payments are coming from state-controlled entities, and they should be considered emoluments.
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