President-elect Donald Trump's older sons have teamed up with two wealthy Texas campaign donors to start a nonprofit that sells tickets to an inauguration ball, with million-dollar packages reportedly being sold to to get access to the president-elect himself.
A brochure of the ticket prices was first released by TMZ and has ticket prices starting at $25,000, which gets a buyer two VIP tickets and four regular admission tickets. But if someone wants to meet Donald Trump and his two sons, Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump, they will have to shell out at least $500,000 for eight guests.
And for $1 million, named the “Bald Eagle” package, 16 guests will be able to hold a private reception with the Trumps.
Other package perks include autographed guitars -- although who will autograph them has yet to be determined -- and multi-day fishing and hunting excursions.
According to The Center for Public Integrity, the organization, dubbed the Opening Day Foundation, is registered in Texas as a domestic nonprofit. It was registered on Dec. 14 by both Trump sons, as well as Tom Hicks, Jr., the son of Texas billionaire Tom Hicks, and Gentry Beach, a Dallas hedge fund manager.
Although the Opening Day Foundation said its donations will go to “conservation” charities, it did not list which charities would benefit. And according to The Center for Public Integrity, domestic nonprofits, unlike political action committees, are not legally obligated to disclose donors, “allowing sponsors to write seven-figure checks for access to the president while staying anonymous, if they choose,” its website said.
Hicks, 38, and Beach, 41, raised several millions of dollars for the Trump campaign during the general election, according to The Dallas Morning News.
"These two young wild men have done more in three or four months than politicos who've run their traps for 30 years. They flat went nuts," said Robert Blaha, chairman of the Trump campaign in Colorado. "When Donald looks out of the window of the White House, he can thank these two guys."