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Trump wants to use the State of the Union to make some cash

Donors will get their names on screen during web livestream

by Carter Sherman
Jan 30 2018, 2:15pm

Over the past few days, President Donald Trump and his surrogates have repeatedly reassured reporters that the president’s first Tuesday State of the Union will include an appeal to both sides of the aisle.

"We’re going to get something done, we hope bipartisan," Trump said Monday of immigration reform, which he plans to talk about in the speech. "The Republicans really don’t have the votes to get it done in any other way. So it has to be bipartisan."

Read more: How to watch President Trump's first State of the Union

But that plea for unity is somewhat hard to square with the Trump campaign’s latest fundraising effort: People who give to Trump’s re-election campaign in the hours before the speech will get to see their names displayed during a live stream of his speech at his campaign website , according to a fundraising request that went out Monday and which was first noticed by the Washington Post.

“This is a movement,” declares the Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. campaign website, where the address will be streamed. “It’s not about just one of us. It’s about ALL of us. Which is why your name deserves to be displayed during tonight's speech.”

Read more: Good Trump or bad Trump: who will show up to the State of the Union?

The page goes on to offer people the option to donate at least $35 toward Trump’s attempt to net some cash during the State of the Union. Donors also have the option to give up to $2,700, which is the highest possible contribution an individual can make during an election, per federal rules.

Cover: U.S. President Donald Trump responds to a reporter's question after participating in the swearing-in ceremony for Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. (Chris Kleponis/Pool via Bloomberg)

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