Trump campaign uses State of the Union Address to solicit donations


    FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. as Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. listen. Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP, File)

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKRC) - President Donald Trump is using his State of the Union Address to help raise money for his campaign.

    According to his campaign website, donating money will get donors' names displayed during the live stream of his speech. Donations can be up to $2,700 which is the maximum individual amount allowed by federal election law.

    "This is a movement. It's not about just one of us. It's about ALL of us. Which is why your name deserves to be on President Trump's State of the Union supporter list," according to the campaign website.

    Once the speech is finished, he'll receive an official printed list of donations.

    Some are criticizing the campaign pitch.

    “Donald Trump is commercializing and corrupting yet another national institution, making this just the latest disgraceful degradation by Trump of the presidency and our public institutions," Robert Weissman, president, Public Citizen told USA Today.

    President Trump will give the State of the Union Address at 9 p.m. Local 12 will air the speech.

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