- The campaign for Trump ally Marjorie Taylor Greene dined three times at the Trump International Hotel in March.
- The hotel just sold to a new owner, and the “Trump” sign is now gone.
- MTG’s campaign dined at BLT Prime, which closed in late April.
The campaign for Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia had several opportunities to say goodbye to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, before its gold nameplate came down on Wednesday.
It spent $441.80 on March 16 and another $1,054.68 on March 30 at BLT Prime, the hotel’s steakhouse that closed in late April.
The disclosures don’t show how many people attended the gathering or what Greene’s campaign ordered, but the menu included a $110 porterhouse, a $64 dover sole, and a $53 filet mignon.
The Greene campaign also dined at the Trump International Hotel on March 25, spending $679.35.
It’s not clear whether Greene herself attended any of these meals. The hotel has a lounge and cocktail bar called the Benjamin Bar Lounge where GOP insiders and supporters could be found throwing back drinks and snapping selfies back when Donald Trump was president.
The lounge served a wide variety of beverages and finger foods such as oysters Rockefeller and a clothesline of candied bacon.
On Wednesday, the Trump family officially sold the Trump International Hotel for $375 million to a Miami investor group, CGI Merchant Group. The hotel, located on Pennsylvania Avenue within walking distance to the White House, will be reopening as a Waldorf Astoria.
The Greene campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment or questions about where the new go-to gathering for prominent Republicans would be.
Greene’s campaign committee is one of the top fundraisers in the House, but during the first quarter of this year it reported its first net loss since she was elected in 2020.
Her campaign recently increased its spending, including on personality security.
Georgia’s Republican primary is May 24. Greene faces several challengers, although she’s expected to again win her party’s nomination despite having been stripped of her congressional committee assignments. Earlier this month, Greene survived a legal challenge that sought to remove her from the ballot because of her role in the January 6, 2021, insurrection in Washington, DC.
The Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, first opened under the Trump name in 2016, right before Trump took office. The hotel building is a national landmark and former post office that houses a clock tower at the center.
During Trump’s presidency, the building became a go-to spot for Republicans and lobbyists to enjoy happy hour, dining, and lodging, bringing in millions of dollars through hosting fundraisers for campaigns and GOP political groups.
It also became a hotbed for ethics concerns.
Trump’s other hotels or golf resorts carrying his namesake have had similar success with political events. Trump himself spent much of the year at his private Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, where Republicans flock for events and to try to land an endorsement from the former president.