All of a sudden following the law is a scandal. The Press is either dishonest or dumb. As one who has been a senior staffer on Congressional campaigns and a state coordinator for 2 Presidential candidates as well as a local officeholder, let me explain why he did it right.
Trump funded his own campaign–mostly, therefore, the money he put in was his. Federal law allows him to put as much as he desires into his own campaign with no campaign contribution limits. He saved money by using properties owned by his corporations. However, the corporations are viewed as different entities than Trump. Trump would have problems and have to prove that he and his wife owns them 100% which he may not because his children may own shares. Otherwise it could be an illegal contribution. If he rents the property or reimburses his flights, it is unlimited. Sure by the public view, Trump is paying himself, but it is his money that he is using, and by federal regulation, he is not.
If you don’t like it, repeal McCain Feingold. Don’t blame Trump for not wanting to go to jail. The funny part is the Democrats would have been having the FEC and the AG investigating him if he did it differently. He does it right and they want to act like he is doing some sort of double dealing. They have to ignore that it is his own money in the first place so of course it is not double dealing. They are either idiots or deceivers. I bet on the latter.
Interestingly if you want to look at suspicious money games, look at the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative. Only 10% of the money went to charitable grants. Much of the money went to the Clintons. Unlike Trump, it wasn’t their money, it was other people’s.