We had a great event with the March for Trump on Thursday, October 17th at the US Capitol and across the country.
Some have wanted to focus on the bus situation to distract from what happened outside the Capitol, so we are going to set the record straight on the bus situation once and for all.
First, we are not funded by big donors, but by small dollar donations from the grassroots. We never had a donor funding the buses so we weren’t able to secure the buses weeks in advance. When we booked the buses, the people buying tickets on the buses were actually paying for the buses and we had to be a good steward of the money being spent for bus tickets.
This was always a last minute operation, as we announced the March for Trump less than 3 weeks prior to the scheduled date.
Our team contacted numerous bus companies to get the best pricing for the passengers. Some of the companies we contacted said they could not help because they did not have buses available. Once a bus company was decided upon, they knew this was a last minute operation. The bus company representative worked with us to consolidate and finalize the routes. They NEVER indicated this was a problem and in fact took $4452.00 payment the afternoon the bus routes were finalized.
If they were not able to do a last minute trip, then they should have told us that and should have never taken the money.
Instead, they took $4452 in payment and then asked for our Chairman, Amy Kremer’s drivers license and a copy of the credit card. We sent them a copy of the license and credit card at 6:51 PM.
From the first time we were told the card was declined, Amy called the bank and had them raise the daily spending limit. The transactions should have processed without a problem. Again, after the initial call with the bank, they claimed the card was declined.
Amy called the bank again to find out what the problem was and the bank explained there was no problem and the card should process without incident. The bank even contacted Visa to see if they had put a block on the card. There was no block on the card, not by the bank or by Visa.
Furthermore, the bank increased the daily spending limit to over $21K so that all the charges would process without incident.
The bus company claimed to be attempting to charge the card and said the card was being declined.
At the same time the bus company said they were attempting to run the card, we were also on the phone with the bank and the bank manager on duty said there were no charges being attempted by US Coachways. He explained that when a charge is attempted on a card and it is declined, the bank can see it on the back end of their system.
Amy spent hours on the phone with the bank and they stated numerous times that the bus company clearly was not charging the card. ( See call records)