2019-07-10 17:37:241 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
While the emoluments lawsuits are asking if Donald Trump is wrongly profiting off visiting foreign dignitaries when they stay at his properties, that clause in the Constitution does not say anything about him profiting from unsavory business at his properties.
Trump's golf resort in Doral, Florida, near Miami, will be holding a golf tournament on Saturday. The event is being sponsored by a Miami-area strip club.
The Shadow Cabaret, a strip club in Hialeah, Florida, organized the "Shadow All Star Tournament." Marketing director for the club, Emanuele Mancuso, said this will be the first time for the club to hold a tournament at Trump Doral.
With Trump's name and his family crest displayed on all the advertising materials for the event, golfers will be allowed to pay for a dancer to be their "caddy girl" while playing in the tournament.
According to Mancuso, there is no intention of a political statement by holding the event at the Trump resort. Instead, the choice was made for luxury, as he explained the golfers are VIPs and "deserve a VIP environment."
He vows there will be no nudity during the event, and on the course, the caddies will be wearing pink miniskirt and what he described as "sexy white polo" outfits. Following the tournament, the golfers and dancers will head back to the cabaret for a "very tasteful" burlesque show, which could include nudity.
"They're going to be clothed the whole time" at Trump's golf course," Mancuso vowed. "At the venue is different."
The Trump Organization confirmed the event in a statement and explained it was for a "worthwhile cause," a local children's charity. The tournament advertisements were not approved by the company beforehand.
Previously, Doral was more well known as the location for the PGA Tour, though it was last played there in 2016 before Trump took office. Trump bought the 57-year-old resort in 2012 for $150 million.
After Trump took office and the PGA Tour left, revenue began to decline at Doral, according to documents Trump's company gave to the county in a tax dispute. That showed the resort's net operating revenue fell 69 percent between 2015 and 2017, though it rebounded slightly last year.
"They are severely underperforming," other resorts in the area said a tax consultant of Trump's, who argued that the country should lower the tax assessment. She blamed the slump on the Trump family name. "There is some negative connotation that is associated with the brand."
Shadow Cabaret has been advertising the golf tournament online at Doral, on Facebook, on Instagram, and through the industry website exoticdancer.com.
Packages are offered that combine golfing at Doral along with strip club services. One such package is the $1,000 VIP Upgrade. This includes three days at the hotel and "1/2 hour VIP room + bottle @ club."
Opening the event will be a reception at the cabaret on Friday night. Anyone enrolled before July 10 is allowed to pick their own "caddie girl," according to Mancuso. Those who enroll after that date will attend an auction.
The caddie girls will drive a golf cart but not carry the golf bags of the golfers, with Mancuso adding some of the girls were "going through training" so they could advise the golfers on the best shots.
The "worthwhile cause" the Trump Organization promised is a charity called Miami All Stars. Online ads include logos for the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA. The charity's director, Carlos Alamilla, says they serve about 40 youths in the area. "We provide everything. We provide fitness, nutrition, basketball, and academics."
While the charity's website explains it's a "non-profit organization under the laws of the State of Florida," a spokesman for the state, Franco Ripple, said the charity is not registered in the state. The NBA and WNBA said they were not affiliated with the tournament and that their logos were used without their permission.
Alamilla does not seem to support anything about the tournament organized by the strip club. "It doesn't jive with what we do, you know," he said, as well as pointing out he doesn't like Trump because of the conditions migrant children are being held in.
"He's contrary to everything we believe," said Alamilla of Trump.
"None of my kids are going to be participating in your event," he reports he told the event organizers. But, "if we can get some help, you know, for our programs starting now ... it would be okay."
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