A designer who previously designed first women Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and former first lady Melania Trump has received a total of $60,000 from the Save America leadership PAC of former president Donald Trump.
According to Federal Election Commission filings, the PAC, which was established after the 2020 presidential election to contest the results, gave Hervé Pierre Braillard $6,000 on April 7 and three further payments totaling $18,000 each on May 4, June 3, and June 24 of this year.
A Donald Trump PAC formed to push now debunked voter fraud claims appears to have paid $60K to Melania Trump's fashion designer Hervé Pierre Braillard. If anyone is prepared to donate to him after this, more fool them. https://t.co/Av8sXAbu8a
— Snigdha (@snigskitchen) August 5, 2022
According to the records, the funds were used for “strategy consulting” services.
“Mr. Pierre serves as a senior advisor to Save America, involved in event management and special projects,” an official told People.
It is against FEC regulations for candidate PACs to spend money on personal items; nonetheless, the organization is referred to as a “leadership PAC,” which has fewer limits.
Who the hell is Hervé Pierre Braillard? Why was he paid by a fraudulent election fund? I thought Melania paid for her own clothing and accessories? Just another grift by the first family of grift. https://t.co/u6V9CaHYvL
— BrownEyedGirl is PRO CHOICE🌻🇺🇦 (@Wandrwoman) August 5, 2022
The Save America organization, which has gathered millions of dollars to combat allegations of election fraud, has come under fire from the House Select committee, which is looking into the Capitol uprising.
The PAC has previously drawn attention to the way in which it has spent money.
According to campaign finance filings, last week, eight of the nine Republicans Donald Trump sponsored in state legislative contests had not returned “excessive campaign funds” from the PAC that they had received in December.
According to the publication, Save America is restricted by law to funding candidates $2,100 each in state Senate contests and $1,050 in House races. However, the PAC reportedly handed nine candidates $5,000 each.
In a 2017 interview with Vanessa Friedman, Braillard—who created Melania’s inauguration ball gown—discussed his relationship with the contentious first lady.
“The beauty of this country is it’s a democracy, so some people want to dress certain people and some people don’t want to,” he told the paper’s fashion director and chief fashion critic. “I choose to.”
“If you forget about the political, or whatever, that’s behind it, the needs are so interesting to answer,” he continued. “Even if I’m not creating the clothes, it is very creative to consider how it’s going to be perceived.”