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Tim Hortons ends use of ‘double cupping’ and opts for coffee sleeves

Tim Hortons is ending the practice of double cupping hot drinks, a move the fast-food restaurant says will eliminate hundreds of millions of cups from landfills each year.

The subsidiary of Restaurant Brands International Inc. will instead provide customers with a cup sleeve, a thick paper material that protects hands from hot beverages.

Hope Bagozzi, chief marketing officer at Tim Hortons, says cup sleeves will be used by default for hot beverages like tea and espresso and can be requested for other warm drinks.

She says customers who ask for a beverage to be double cupped will now be asked to consider using a sleeve instead.

Bagozzi says the company expects that stopping the practice of double cupping will save roughly 200 million cups from being tossed in the garbage every year.

Most recycling facilities in Canada don’t recycle single use paper coffee cups because of a plastic lining used inside.

But Bagozzi says the company is trying to change that, and is in talks with suppliers about recyclable and biodegradable cups.

Bagozzi says the challenge is to ensure the cup maintains its structural integrity.

“We want to be sure that they are safe and they don’t crumble,” she says. “They’ve come a long way and we’re very bullish with our partners about leading the way in innovation there.”

Bagozzi says Tim Hortons has two pilot programs coming soon, one that will test a cup with a compostable liner and another with a cup made with 35 per cent recycled materials.

“As the biggest market leader when it comes to coffee and hot beverages in Canada, it’s part of our responsibility to look at our footprint and our sustainability,” she says.

The end of double cupping is part of a suite of changes the coffee and doughnut chain is announcing as part of waste reduction week.

In a bid to improve its environmental footprint, Tim Hortons said on Tuesday it would soon roll out new recyclable paper-based wrappers for sandwiches and bagels, eliminating of about 460 tonnes of plastic from the waste stream each year.

On Monday, the fast food chain said it plans to introduce new paper napkins that use 25 per cent less material and are made up of 100 per cent recycled fibre. The change in early 2021 is expected to save 900 tonnes of paper a year.

Tim Hortons is also phasing out plastic straws from its 4,000 restaurants across Canada.

The restaurant said last week the transition to paper straws is expected to be completed by early next year, eliminating roughly 300 million plastic straws a year.

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EU panic as rogue candidate ‘poised to topple Emmanuel Macron’

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Seventy years ago, on May 9, 1950, the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman, presented the Schuman Declaration on the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community, which was the first of a series of European institutions that would ultimately become today’s EU. Built from the ruins of World War 2 in a bid to establish peace through economic collaboration, the original six-member bloc grew to include 28 countries over the years, and only one of them has left so far ‒ the UK. Keeping the EU alive and going, though, has been incredibly difficult. Economic challenges, migration crises, unemployment, and a growing nationalism in several member states are only some of the challenges the bloc has faced throughout the years.

The most recent one is the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the EU to shut its borders, something that has not ever happened in its 70 years of existence.

Moreover, unearthed reports suggest there will be even more challenges ahead.

French President Emmanuel Macron got elected in 2017 on a pro-EU platform, defeating the National Front – an anti-immigration and anti-EU party led by Marine Le Pen.

Mr Macron has voiced his view of a more integrated EU from the moment he took office and has managed to drive the European rhetoric in key moments, such as during the Brexit negotiations.

However, things might change soon.

Trust in Mr Macron is plummeting amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to a poll published in September, around 62 percent of French people admitted to not trusting their President.

The Elabe poll for BFMTV, which asked 1,000 people in France aged 18 and over, also found that nearly one in two people (47 percent) think the President is not taking “enough precautions” to limit the spread of the virus.

With the 2022 presidential election nearing, according to the head of London-based think-tank Euro Intelligence Wolfgang Munchau, Mr Macron and the EU should be concerned about a surprise candidate sweeping in.

He wrote: “The French President might be worried about Xavier Bertrand, a high-profile former member of Les Républicains and potential 2022 candidate who is close with the [fishing] industry.

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“Bertrand is president of the Hauts-de-France region. He served as health minister under Jacques Chirac and labour minister under Nicolas Sarkozy.

“Last month, he attended the general assembly of the Coopérative Maritime Etaploise, where he called for arm-wrestling with the UK in fisheries negotiations.”

He added: “More good optics for him. Bertrand has recently been spotted in meetings with a string of senior right-wing political figures, including LR [The Republicans] President Christian Jacob.

“Rachida Dati supports his candidacy, and Le Journal du Dimanche reports that he will meet with Nicolas Sarkozy next month. With the help of LR deputy Julien Dive, he has also been meeting with parliamentarians this week, and is set to meet with senators next week.

“His think tank La Manufacture has been mobilised to develop an election campaign strategy, and a recent Ifop poll put Bertrand at the top of the list of potential right-wing candidates.”

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Mr Bertrand’s ideas on Europe seem to be in stark contrast with Mr Macron.

In 2014, the former health minister said he no longer believed in the French-German pas-de-deux at the heart of the European project.

He told Le Journal du Dimanche: “It’s not the be-all and end-all of French politics.

“Take energy – I don’t see how we can have a common policy when our interests are so different.”

In 1992, he led the campaign for the ‘no’ to the Maastricht Treaty in his department, the Aisne in the region of Picardy.

However, he pronounced himself strongly in favour of a European Constitution for the referendum on May 29, 2005.

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MH370 ‘crash site found’ in huge missing flight breakthrough

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A possible crash site of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been identified, top aviation experts have claimed.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared in March 2014 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and is believed to have been deliberately plunged into the Southern Indian Ocean.

The crash has been shrouded in mystery since pieces of the Boeing 777-200ER washed up on coastline months and years after it vanished with 239 people onboard.

Aviation experts probing the flight have now identified a probable crash site they claim warrants a new search of the ocean floor, Mirror Online reports.

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Donald Trump has a ‘cold’ negotiating tactic that has worked for 45 years, says ex-adviser

Mr Scaramucci, who was famously fired 11 days into the job after remarks about former strategist Steve Bannon were published in the New Yorker magazine, is now a fierce critic of the US President. However, speaking with less than two weeks to go before the US Presidential election, he told Express.co.uk nobody should underestimate his former boss’s resilience.

Mr Scaramucci – often referred to by his nickname, The Mooch – said: “He has a very tough skin.

“The reaction is a very cold reaction, which is ‘if you are coming at me, I come at you ten times harder.

“‘That will add to the deterrent, and it will prevent other people from coming at me.’

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“And that has worked for him for 45 years.”

Mr Trump’s uncompromising approach was a powerful deterrent to anyone within his own party who might be tempted to criticise him, Mr Scaramucci said, not least during his impeachment trial in January over claims the 74-year-old sought help from Ukrainian authorities to favour him in the forthcoming Presidential election

Mr Scaramucci added: “One of the main reasons why those 52 Republicans voted to acquit him is that they did not want to face his wrath on the internet.

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“He does not have a thin skin – anybody who is writing that about him really does not know him.

“He has been able to withstand one punch, one body-blow, one knife fight after the next because he has a thick skin.

“By being a couter-puncher, he is offering a disincentive to attack him.”

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Mr Trump’s famous feud with John McCain dated back long before Mr Trump’s apparent suggestion that the former Republican Presidential candidate was “not a hero” because he had been captured during the Vietnam War, Mr Scaramucci suggested.

He said: “He was experimenting by going after John McCain in 2000 when he thought he was running then.

“He made a decision then that he would ridicule John McCain and ridicule his service, which is a counter-intuitive thing to do, but what it does is rile up his base and show them he is his own man and will break conventional norms.

“That would have finished off other candidates but it didn’t finish off Trump.”

Mr Scaramucci, who chronicles his time working for Mr Trump during his broadly sympathetic 2018 memoir Trump, The Blue Collar President, said there was one surefire way to get under his thick hide nevertheless.

He explained: “The only thing that really can rile him – and I keep doing that which is why three years later he still tweeting about me – is that he lives in reality distortion field.

“So when you are providing crystal-clear reality and honesty he gets pretty animated.

“When I am on Fox News and the guys from the Hill are interviewing me and we are talking the truth about COVID-19 he will come after you pretty hard.

“He doesn’t like anybody talking to his base that could potentially disrupt the reality distortion field.”

Mr Trump is taking on Democrat candidate Joe Biden – who has the backing of Mr Scaramucci – on November 3.

He is currently trailing in most opinion polls – but will take comfort from the fact he was likely losing to Hillary Clinton at the same stage four years ago, only for him to stun pundits by pulling off a shock victory.

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Protests in Bolivia as Arce looks set for presidential poll win

LA PAZ (AFP) – Hundreds of Bolivians protested on Tuesday (Oct 20) against the impending election win of Mr Luis Arce, as the slow official count appeared set to confirm the leftist as their next president.

Authoritative exit polls already suggested Mr Arce, a 57-year-old economist from the Movement for Socialism (MAS) and heir to former president Evo Morales, had beaten centrist former leader Carlos Mesa in Sunday’s polls – by a wide enough margin to avoid a second-round runoff.

And at about 3am local time on Wednesday, with 86 per cent of ballots scrutinised, the official count showed Mr Arce had 54 per cent, followed by Mr Carlos Mesa on 29.5 per cent.

Conservative Luis Fernando Camacho was in third place with 14.4 per cent.

The usual rapid count had been abandoned after allegations of irregularities last year that led to Mr Morales’ November resignation after 14 years in power.

“It’s a fraud, as Evo Morales has always done,” Yeni, a participant in the protest held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia’s richest city and a Camacho stronghold, told AFP.

Mr Arce’s victory “is like a slap in the face”, said another protester, Ms Yasmani Acosta.

Dozens also protested at the headquarters of the Electoral Tribunal in the central city of Cochabamba, where votes were being counted.

Demonstrators there denounced a “fraud”.

Mr Mesa has conceded defeat, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has hailed “peaceful elections”, calling on all Bolivian politicians to work for “national reconciliation”.

Mr Camacho, for his part, expressed doubts about the outcome.

“We are living in moments of uncertainty created by a very poor administration of the electoral process,” he said on social media.

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Mr Arce’s triumph surprised many because polls had predicted a runoff between him and Mr Mesa.

By Wednesday’s early hours, he was winning in six of the nine departments of the country, in three of them by more than 60 per cent: Cochabamba, a MAS stronghold; Oruro, where Mr Morales was born; and La Paz, the administrative capital.

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The Bolivian Constitution declares the candidate who obtains an absolute majority or 40 per cent of the vote with a 10-point advantage over their nearest challenger as the winner in the first round. Otherwise, there must be a second round.

The election, twice postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, was the first in 20 years not to feature Mr Morales, the country’s first-ever indigenous leader.

It came a year after he won an unconstitutional fourth term in an election that sparked weeks of protests, leaving 36 dead and 800 injured.

The rapid count in 2019 suggested there would be no outright winner, but after it was inexplicably frozen for 24 hours, Mr Morales had jumped into a winning lead over Mr Mesa once the live count resumed.

Mr Morales resigned and fled into exile.

A later audit by the Organisation of American States found clear evidence of fraud.

An interim administration was set up, led by a right-wing senator, Ms Jeanine Anez.

She withdrew her candidacy for the presidential election shortly before the election.

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Stop being stubborn! EU urged to back down on Brexit talks by terrified car industry

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The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), which represents companies including BMW, Toyota and Fiat, sounded its dire warning in a letter sent to Brussels chiefs earlier this week. In it, they stressed some aspects of the bloc’s current position were “not in the long-term interests of the EU automotive industry”.

Specifically, ACEA urged the EU to “reconsider its position” on rules which will determine whether or not goods will qualify for tariff-free trade.

The letter, sent on October 15, also called on the EU to reduce the percentage of components in a car which need to be made in Europe or Britain in order for the vehicle to benefit from any EU-UK trade deal.

ACEA is also urging the new rules to be phased-in to enable the industry to adapt to the changed business environment.

Both sides are hoping to strike an agreement which offers tariff-free, quota-free trade on all goods – but talks appear to be stalled.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has told businesses they must accept “short-term adaptation costs” in the name of protecting the bloc’s “long-term economic interests”.

His uncompromising approach has rattled companies concerned about the potential economic consequences for Europe of weaker trade links.

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In June, more than 50 food and drink trade associations in the EU and UK wrote to Brussels urging more flexibility, suggesting a tariff-free trade agreement would be “meaningless” without a corresponding move to ensure companies were able to take advantage.

The European Commission confirmed it had received the letter, which has been seen by the Financial Times.

Various industries are particularly concerned by the so-called rules of origin in a future EU-UK trade deal.

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Such rules seek to establish the extent to which a company is able to source components from different parts of the world while still counting the finished product as European.

Britain is pushing for a deal which will permit companies to count all EU and UK content as local, along with content from other countries with which Britain and Brussels both had trade deals — for example Japan.

However, Brussels has so far resisted including goods from other trade partners.

The EU wants non-UK/non-EU content be limited to 45 per cent of the car.

ACEA wants the figure pushed up to 50 per cent “in line with the UK’s position”.

The letter adds: “Long-term supplier contracts bind manufacturers to specific suppliers for many years and this should be taken into account in the FTA.”

Nicolas Peter, BMW’s finance director, outlined his concerns during an online press conference last week.

He said: “The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) has estimated that it could cost car manufacturers and suppliers from 10 to 11 billion euros, so we need tariff-free trade.

“And even then, it must be seamless.

“We have a just-in-time production system, so customs administrative processing must be efficient.”

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At least five dead in Karachi building blast: Rescue officials

Islamabad, Pakistan – At least five people have been killed and more than 20 wounded after an explosion in a residential building in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, rescue officials say.

Confirming the death toll, an official with the Edhi rescue service told Al Jazeera that the explosion had taken place near the city’s Maskan intersection, adjacent to the University of Karachi.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear, a senior police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Al Jazeera.

Television footage from the scene of the explosion showed the building had partially collapsed, rubble and debris scattered on the road as rescue officials attempted to reach those inside.

Karachi, a sprawling metropolis and Pakistan’s largest city, is home to more than 20 million people and has had a history of frequent political, ethnic and other violence.

Attacks and killings have lessened in recent years after the paramilitary Rangers force launched a city-wide operation seven years ago to target criminal gangs and political parties aligned with them.

On Tuesday, an improvised explosive device wounded at least five people near a major bus terminal and oil transportation route in Karachi, local media reported.


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South Yorkshire faces toughest Covid-19 restrictions as 1.8m head for Tier 3

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South Yorkshire will move into Tier 3 of the government’s Covid-19 fighting lockdown restrictions, Sheffield City mayor Dan Jarvis has announced.

The move will force 1.8m people across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield to abide by the government’s toughest lockdown restrictions.

Jarvis said that "while infection rates very" across the county "collective action was the only practical choice to keep everyone in our region safe".

Boris Johnson is also expected to make a statement on South Yorkshire later today, according to Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick.

Jarvis told local leaders if the new restrictions work individual councils will be able to move to lower alert levels "as soon as it is safe to do so".

He said the number of people with Covid-19 in the region has "doubled over the last ten days" meaning "inaction was not an option".

From midnight on Saturday, October 24, people in South Yorkshire will not be able to mix with other households indoors or outdoors, including private gardens.

Pubs and bars will also be forced to close, with restaurants and other venues allowed to remain open if they serve food.

No wedding receptions will be permitted under the Tier 3 guidelines.

It comes as the Prime Minister confirmed Greater Manchester will be forced into the "very high" coronavirus alert level from Friday, October 23.

Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, October 20, the PM said: "This evening, informed by the data we have just seen, I can announce that Greater Manchester will move to the Very High alert level."

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Under Tier 2 or 3, it is also illegal for anyone living in a lockdown area to have casual sex with someone from a different household.

In response to the question by a member of the public – Jake from Chester – Boris Johnson told a Downing Street press briefing: "What we are trying to avoid is a national lockdown at all.

"We don't rule anything out but the difficulty is that the distribution of the virus this time around is very uneven by comparison with March and April.

"And so the right response is, as many other countries are doing, to go to this local and regional approach."

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Are you watching, Beijing? US, Japan and Australia send China warning with military stunt

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The operations took place on Monday as the United States and its allies stepped up calls for a “free and open” Indo-Pacific, amid mounting concerns about China’s aggression in the disputed area. Missile destroyer USS John S. McCain from the US Navy, JS Kirisame of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, and HMAS Arunta of the Royal Australian Navy came together to test the allies’ collective ability to maintain maritime security.

A variety of exercises were undertaken to maximise professional engagement and cooperation with allies and partners, the US navy said.

These included surface, subsurface, and air defence exercises, and a variety of other training events.

Cmdr. Ryan T. Easterday, commanding officer, USS John S. McCain, said: “By operating with our close allies in this way, here in the South China Sea, we promote transparency, the rule of law, freedom of navigation and overflight, all principles that underpin security and prosperity for the Indo-Pacific, so that all nations in the region may benefit.”

Cmdr. Troy Duggan, HMAS Arunta’s Commanding Officer, said Australia was continuing to build on its already close relationship with Japan and the United States.

He added: “This activity is a valuable and important opportunity for all three nations.

“Operating with our partners is essential for building and maintaining high levels of interoperability, and contributes to our shared commitment to the security, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region.”

It comes after Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga said he opposed any actions which escalate tension in the East and South China Seas.

Mr Suga was wrapping up a four-day trip to Vietnam and Indonesia, his first overseas since taking office last month.

Addressing a news conference in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, he said: “Japan is opposed to any actions that escalate tensions in the South China Sea.

“Let me stress anew the importance of all the countries concerning the South China Sea issues not resorting to force or coercion, but working toward peaceful resolutions of the disputes based on international law.”

The trip follows this month’s meeting in Tokyo of ‘the Quad’, an informal grouping of India, Australia, Japan and the United States, which Washington sees as a bulwark against China growing regional influence.

China has denounced the grouping of the four democracies as a “mini-NATO” aimed at containing its development.

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When asked if Japan wanted to create an Asian version of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the PM said: “Our response in the South China Sea is not aimed at any one country.

“Japan is determined to defend its territory, territorial waters and airspace.”

Beijing claims almost the entire South China Sea, believed to be rich in energy and marine resources.

Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan also have claims.

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How Trump’s team ‘burned’ through $1 billion during U.S. election campaign

U.S. President Donald Trump‘s sprawling political operation has raised well over $1 billion since he took the White House in 2017 — and set a lot of it on fire.

Trump bought a $10 million Super Bowl ad when he didn’t yet have a challenger. He tapped his political organization to cover exorbitant legal fees related to his impeachment. Aides made flashy displays of their newfound wealth — including a fleet of luxury vehicles purchased by Brad Parscale, his former campaign manager.

Meanwhile, a web of limited liability companies hid more than $356 million in spending from disclosure, records show.

Now, just two weeks out from the election, some campaign aides privately acknowledge they are facing difficult spending decisions at a time when Democratic nominee Joe Biden has flooded the airwaves with advertising. That has put Trump in the position of needing to do more of his signature rallies as a substitute during the coronavirus pandemic while relying on an unproven theory that he can turn out supporters who are infrequent voters at historic levels.

“They spent their money on unnecessary overhead, lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous activity by the campaign staff and vanity ads,” said Mike Murphy, a veteran Republican consultant who advised John McCain and Jeb Bush and is an outspoken Trump critic. “You could literally have 10 monkeys with flamethrowers go after the money, and they wouldn’t have burned through it as stupidly.”

For Trump, it’s a familiar, if not welcome, position. In 2016, he was vastly outraised by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton but still pulled off a come-from-behind win. This time around, though, he was betting on a massive cash advantage to negatively define Biden and to defend his own record.

Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien insisted money was no issue. “We have more than sufficient air cover, almost three times as much as 2016,” he told reporters Monday.

Biden, Stepien added, was “putting it all on TV,” as he eschewed most door-knocking because of the pandemic, while Trump has roughly 2,000 field staffers across the country knocking on doors and making calls for his campaign.

“Where we have states that are sort of tipping, could go either way,” Trump told campaign staffers Monday, “I have an ability to go to those states and rally. Biden has no ability. I go to a rally, we have 25,000 people. He goes to a rally, and he has four people.”

Advertising spending figures, however, offer a bleak picture.

While a half-dozen pro-Trump outside groups are coming to the president’s aid, Biden and his Democratic allies are on pace to dump $142 million into ads in the closing days of the campaign, outspending Republicans by more than 2-to-1, according to data from the ad tracking firm CMAG/Kantar.

On Monday, the firm Medium Buying reported Trump was cancelling ad buys in Wisconsin; Minnesota, which Trump had hoped to flip; and Ohio, which went for Trump in 2016 but now appears to be a tight contest.

It’s a reversal from May, when Biden’s campaign was strapped for cash and Parscale ominously compared the Trump campaign to a “Death Star” that was about to “start pressing FIRE for the first time.”

The ad campaign they unrolled over the next three months cost over $176 million but did little to dent Biden’s lead in public opinion polling.

Trump is now in a position that’s virtually unthinkable for an incumbent president, said Travis Ridout, co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks advertising spending.

“Advertising obviously isn’t everything. But we do think ads matter for a couple percentage points in a presidential race. And it’s just not a good sign for the Trump campaign,” Ridout said.

A review of expenditures by Trump’s campaign, as well as the Republican National Committee, lays bare some of the profligate spending.

Since 2017, more than $39 million has been paid to firms controlled by Parscale, who was ousted as campaign manager over the summer. An additional $319.4 million was paid to American Made Media Consultants, a Delaware limited liability company, whose owners are not publicly disclosed.

Campaigns typically reveal in mandatory disclosures who their primary vendors are. But by routing money to Parscale’s firms, as well as American Made Media Consultants, Trump satisfied the basic disclosure requirements without detailing the ultimate recipients.

Other questionable expenditures by Trump and the RNC that are included in campaign finance disclosures:

  •  Nearly $100,000 spent on copies of Donald Trump Jr.’s book “Triggered,” which helped propel it to the top of the New York Times bestsellers list.
  • Over $7.4 million spent at Trump-branded properties since 2017.
  • At least $35.9 million spent on Trump merchandise.
  • $39 million in legal and “compliance” fees. In addition to tapping the RNC and his campaign to pay legal costs during his impeachment proceedings, Trump has also relied on his political operation to cover legal costs for some aides.
  • At least $15.1 million spent on the Republican National Convention. The event was supposed to be in Charlotte, North Carolina, but Trump relocated it to Jacksonville, Florida, after a dispute with North Carolina’s Democratic governor over coronavirus safety measures. The Florida event was ultimately cancelled, with a mostly online convention taking its place. Disclosures show the RNC still spent $1 million at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, near Jacksonville.
  • $912,000 spent on ads that ran on the personal Facebook pages of Parscale and Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson.
  • A $250,000 ad run during Game 7 of the 2019 World Series, which came after Trump was booed by spectators when he attended Game 5.
  • At least $218,000 for Trump surrogates to travel aboard private jets provided by campaign donors.
  • $1.6 million on TV ads in the Washington, D.C., media market, an overwhelmingly Democratic area where Trump has little chance of winning but where he is a regular TV watcher.

There are signs Trump’s grassroots fundraising operation has slowed, too. Once a driving force, the campaign is now spending about 77 cents for every dollar it raises, typically through online ads asking supporters to chip in a few dollars.

Between July and September, it cost the campaign $181 million to raise $235 million through such small contributions. That’s a considerable break from earlier in the year, when it raked in hundreds of millions while spending far less.

Some of Trump’s wealthy supporters are also exploring their options.

Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, recently donated $75 million to Preserve America, a new pro-Trump super political action committee that is not controlled by Trump World political operatives.

One of the reasons the group was founded in August is because there is deep distrust among some GOP donors that the existing pro-Trump organizations would spend the money wisely, according to a Republican strategist with direct knowledge of the matter. The strategist spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive discussions with donors.

Dan Eberhart, who has given over $190,000 to Trump’s election efforts, said many Republican donors are now focused on keeping control of the Senate in GOP hands _ not Trump’s chances of winning.

“The Senate majority is the most important objective right now,” he said. “It’s the bulwark against so much bad policy that the Democrats want to do.”

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Associated Press writer Andrew Milligan in New York contributed to this report.

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