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Bright, shiny objects: Gillam to Mar-a-Lago, House Finance budget hearings


Alaskan millionaire and private equity investor Robert Gillam has landed his jet in Miami this afternoon, and is heading to Donald Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago, an estate and private club in Palm Beach, Fla.

Gillam was invited by the president to stay at the resort through the weekend and dine with Trump on Friday, according to sources.

When it was built by socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post, the heiress envisioned it as a winter retreat for American presidents. It was bequeathed to the nation upon her death in 1973, but presidents never used it, and it was purchased by Trump in 1985 after having been returned to the Post estate. The Trump family has private quarters in a closed area of the house and estate.

President Trump refers to  to Mar-a-Lago as his Winter White House.

Gillam is McKinley Capital’s founder, chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He was a major donor to the Trump campaign and his name was in play for Secretary of the Interior. That appointment went to Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana, who was confirmed this week.


House Finance Committee is taking public testimony on the operating budget. Times and locations follow:
Thursday, March 2, 2017
1:00 – 3:30 p.m.* Homer, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Matanuska-Susitna Borough & Seward
3:45 – 6:00 p.m.* Barrow, Dillingham & Fairbanks
Friday, March 3, 2017
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.* Anchorage
3:15 – 4:45 p.m.* Sitka, Petersburg, Delta Junction, Unalaska, Glennallen & Tok
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.* Off Net sites
Saturday, March 4, 2017
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.* Bethel, Cordova, Kotzebue, Nome, Valdez, Wrangell
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. * Off Net sites
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Juneau
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Overflow Public Testimony as needed

Public testimony limited to 2 minutes each.
Arrive 15 minutes prior to the end of the allotted time period or testimony will close early.
Operating Budget public testimony for “Off Net” callers is scheduled for March 3rd or 4th. Call 465-4648 by 5 pm on Wednesday through Saturday to obtain the call-in phone number.



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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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