Announcement Date: September 6, 2017

USA Today analyzed social media and a golf handicap website to identify 4,500 members of President Trump’s golf clubs. They determined that members of the clubs included at least 21 trade group officials and lobbyists and 50 company executives whose businesses have federal contracts–two-thirds of these members played at a Trump golf club while the president was present. USA Today claimed that “for the first time in U.S. history, wealthy people with interests before the government have a chance for close and confidential access to the president as a result of payments that enrich him personally.”