Tom Barrack

Top Surrogate

  • Nov 2008 Acquires Michael Jackson’s Neverland Valley Ranch in exchange for agreeing to a 50-concert comeback tour. Jackson dies 18 days before the first concert. (source)
  • Election 2016 Founds Trump super PAC “Rebuilding America Now,” which spends more than $17 million slamming Hilary Clinton over donations that her foundation received from “Wall Street insiders” and “misogynistic regimes.” (source)
  • July 2016 Speaking at the Republican National Convention, introduces himself to the crowd and says that Trump “played me like a Steinway piano” on the Plaza Hotel deal in the 1980s. In fact, Barrack’s firm got a good deal on the hotel and Trump went into such deep debt on the hotel that he lost it in a bankruptcy settlement a few years later. (source)
  • 10/14/16 Says in a PBS interview: “I couldn’t tell you what the Department of Commerce does, what the Department of Interior does, I don’t know what Office of Management and Budget does, I don’t know what I’m paying for in military defenses. I don’t know what a $20 trillion dollar debt is… It’s all about accountability.” (source)
  • 11/10/16 Tells CBS of Trump: “You have a man who has built a life on consensus, on conciliation, on compromise, on getting things done. And I think his detractors are going to be shocked about how good he is.” (source)
  • January 2017 Co-organized the inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump, helping to raise over $90 million for Trump’s post-election campaign. (source) Says the inauguration will have a “soft sensuality” and “poetic cadence.” (source)
  • 10/11/17 In reponse to non-stop controversy from Trump since taking office and in recent months, says that he has been "shocked" and "stunned" by the rhetoric and inflammatory tweets. (WaPo)