The contest, however, appears to be a scam. It's winner will not win a dinner with Trump but will instead get tickets for a "winner and guest to attend a Donald Trump fundraising event with other attendees," according to fine print, written in small gray letters on the homepage for dinnerwithtrump.org.
Many donors contacted by Politico believed the site was affiliated with the Trump campaign, an impression Hawes said is "simply a matter of pure chance."
He denied that dinnerwithtrump.org is a scam.
"I feel ripped off and taken advantage of. This is horrible. That was not my intent," Mary Pat Kulina, who donated $265 to Hawe's American Horizons PAC. She told Politico she believed her money was going to the Trump campaign.
"This is robbery," she told the news website.
American Horizons PAC registered with the Federal Elections Commission in June. Commissioner Ann Ravel would not discuss the PAC specifically with Politico, although she admitted the FEC had little options in the way of fighting fraud.
"That's the frustration I have, that there's very little recourse," she told Politico. "People give money thinking it's going to go to a particular person or a particular cause and it's a consumer protection issues as far as I'm concerned."
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