This is a guest post by Ross Macfarlane, recently Senior Advisor with Climate Solutions
Recently unsealed court documents reveal the money-making secret at the heart of Trump University. The managers even had an acronym for it: OPM, standing for “Other People’s Money.” As reported in People Magazine:
Playbooks used to market Donald Trump's now-defunct Trump University were unsealed by court order on Tuesday, showing that the training program's aggressive sales force promised would-be students they would learn “the technique of using OPM … other people's money.”
While the instructors claimed to be teaching people how to leverage banks to make fortunes in real estate, former Trump University executives now disclose that the OPM they were really targeting was in their students’ pockets. According to these managers, their business plan focused on mining the credit card balances and savings accounts of gullible and desperate clients, often elderly and poor, who fell for the slick sales pitch and the promise of a quick solution for their financial challenges.
So what does Trump University have to do with coal exports?