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Support the MAR-A-LAGO Act, Which Would Require Trump to Disclose the Visitor Logs of the White House and Mar-A-Lago

This OTYCD entry originally posted in April 2017.

Call your members of Congress to express support for the Make Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act, aka the MAR-A-LAGO Act, which would require Trump to release the names in the visitor logs of the White House and Mar-a-Lago after 90 to 120 days.

It is making its way through both sides of Congress now, as H.R. 1711 in the House of Representatives and as S. 721 in the Senate.

President Obama adopted a policy of releasing the names of most of the people who visited the White House within 90 to 120 days. The only exceptions Obama made were for people deemed “politically sensitive.” This was not a formal rule from Congress; Obama’s administration came up with it and chose to abide by it.

The Trump administration has yet to pass the 90-day mark as we draft this blog post. But he and his minions have shown a proclivity for secrecy and concealment. Trump has also done a fair amount of presidential work at Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, Florida, where he charges new members $200,000 to join–a price that doubled since he took office.

The MAR-A-LAGO Act would promote transparency by requiring Trump to release visitor logs for the White House, Mar-a-Lago, and any other place where he might conduct presidential business, such as Trump Tower and his network of hotels and golf courses.

Sample script: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code). I am calling to ask House Rep/Senator (Lastname) to support H.R. 1711/ S. 721, the MAR-A-LAGO act. The MAR-A-LAGO act would promote transparency by requiring Trump to routinely release visitor logs for the White House, Mar-a-Lago, and other venues where he conducts presidential business. Given the Trump administration’s penchant for secrecy, a law like this one would be a good idea. Thank you.”

 

Read a GovTrack Insider article about the MAR-A-LAGO Act:

https://govtrackinsider.com/mar-a-lago-act-would-mandate-trump-release-visitor-logs-from-his-white-house-and-florida-club-3731b9a00966

 

See GovTrack’s page on the senate version of the bill, S. 721:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s721

 

See GovTrack’s page on the house version of the bill, H.R. 1711:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr1711/details

 

 

 

 

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Thank the Charities That Cancelled Their 2017-2018 Fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.

Thank the many charities that have cancelled the fundraisers and galas that they had planned at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida, property.

Palm Beach’s season lasts from Thanksgiving to about, oh, Easter, and the cycle of gala fundraisers are the closest thing that it has to a local industry. Palm Beach is a tiny island with few venues that are both big and opulent enough to pass muster as sites for these fundraisers. (Decamping to West Palm Beach is simply Not Done.)

Mar-a-Lago was one of those favored big and opulent venues, until it wasn’t. A few charities had decided not to re-up their contracts with the club following Trump’s election. But in the wake of his Charlottesville comments, which offered aid and comfort to neo-Nazis, several organizations dropped Trump like the radioactive waste he is.

As of August 19, at least nine of the many charities and non-profits that booked big-deal luncheons, galas, and other fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago for the 2017-2018 season had cancelled.

You should consider thanking all of these charities and supporting them with your dollars. Pulling out of Mar-a-Lago will enrage Trump, will deny him the social status that comes with hosting these events, and will take millions out of Trump’s pockets.

It will also cause hardship for the charities, all of which will have a tough time finding other places to hold their events on Palm Beach. (It’s not unlike cancelling a huge, super-fancy wedding. Even six months out from the dates you’ve picked, every place you’d want to move to is going to be booked.) They, themselves, could take in less money from donations than they had expected and could suffer hits to their budgets because of their choice to break with Mar-a-Lago.

Read about the tally of cancelling charities (David Fahrenthold at the Washington Post has done a great job on tracking this story):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trumps-mar-a-lago-club-loses-its-ninth-big-charity-event-this-week/2017/08/19/8bc21aa2-8513-11e7-ab27-1a21a8e006ab_story.html?utm_term=.f65886198686

http://abcnews.go.com/amp/Politics/charities-profits-pull-events-mar-lago-amid-charlottesville/story?id=49299391

 

Send thank-you postcards to the following. Donation links are included for each charity or foundation that provided them on their webpages.

We will update this page accordingly if and when more charities cancel events at Mar-a-Lago.

Also, a note. Some of these charities hold non-progressive policies or have done dubious things in the past. We at OTYCD don’t require you to make a donation (and we’d never require donations, anytime, ever, just suggest them) but we are asking you to thank these entities for doing the right thing here.

 

The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach

311 Peruvian Avenue

Palm Beach, FL, 33480

 

The Susan G. Komen foundation

5005 LBJ Freeway

Suite 250

Dallas, TX, 75244

Donate: https://secure.info-komen.org/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app354b?df_id=19029&mfc_pref=T&19029.donation=form1&s_src=NavigationHeaderDonateCTA&utm_source=OnpageDonateCTAs&utm_medium=NavigationHeader&utm_campaign=NavigationHeaderDonateCTA&_ga=2.172667680.265776987.1503250752-1582304290.1503250752&NONCE_TOKEN=29D80478D64DF5A9E594D0E00DC52F69

 

The Salvation Army (National Headquarters)

615 Slaters Lane

P. O. Box 269

Alexandria VA 22313

Donate (button is at the upper right): http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/contact

 

American Red Cross National Headquarters

431 18th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20006

Donate: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

 

The Cleveland Clinic (Administrative Campus)

3050 Science Park Dr.

Beachwood OH 44122

Donate: https://secure3.convio.net/ccf/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app326b?idb=1609425015&DONATION_LEVEL_ID_SELECTED=1&df_id=5142&mfc_pref=T&5142.donation=form1&NONCE_TOKEN=9BBAC48F420B351321DD173BC0F13DEC&idb=0

 

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

450 Brookline Ave.

Boston MA 02215

Donate (this is The Jimmy Fund): https://www.kintera.org/site/c.fkIVJ8NTKnL6G/b.9517291/k.1D5C/_Gift_Form/apps/ka/sd/donorcustom.asp?track=RTJFH081517B&msource=RTJFH081517B

 

The American Friends of Magen David Adom (National Headquarters)

352 Seventh Avenue, Suite 400

New York, NY 10001

Donate: https://afmda.org/donate/

 

The American Cancer Society (National Headquarters)

250 Williams Street NW

Atlanta GA 30303

Donate: https://donate3.cancer.org/?lang=en

 

Leaders in Furthering Education (LIFE)

1720 S. Ocean Blvd.

Manalapan FL 33462

 

Big Dog Ranch Rescue

14444 Okeechobee Blvd.

Loxahatchee, FL 33470

Donate: http://www.bdrr.org/donate

 

The Autism Project of Palm Beach County

1310 N. Congress

Suite 100 West

Palm Beach, FL 33409

Donate: https://appbcdonate.maxgiving.com/pay/step_1

 

The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation

875 N. Michigan Avenue

Suite 3100

Chicago IL 60611

 

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society

1301 Summit Boulevard

West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

Donate: http://www.palmbeachzoo.org/my-zoo

 

MorseLife

Marilyn & Stanley M. Katz Seniors Campus

4847 Fred Gladstone Drive

West Palm Beach, FL 33417

Donate: https://morselifefoundation.org/ways-to-give