As donors filed into Le Cirque for a Republican fundraiser starring Donald Trump, Mario Maccioni stood outside with a monocle around his neck.
His family owns the Manhattan restaurant, which filed for bankruptcy in March. “We are trying to use the bankruptcy laws exactly like the president did,” Maccioni said Tuesday evening. “And in our case, hopefully, it will work as well as it did for him.”
Trump’s companies filed for bankruptcy at least four times.
The Republican National Committee event, attended by billionaires Steve Wynn and John Catsimatidis, cost a minimum of $35,000, and $250,000 per couple bought access to a private roundtable with the president. Investor Howard Lorber spoke on a flip phone before security agents wanded him, and Brad Parscale, the Trump campaign’s digital director, put on a jacket on the street outside.
Maccioni said he voted for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson but was eager for a snapshot with the president. “There would be nothing more thrilling,” he said.
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