BUFFALO, NY - Protesters were outside the Westin Hotel in downtown Buffalo on Thursday. That's where a fundraiser was held for Donald Trump's transition committee.
One of Donald Trump's key advisors, and former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, was the special guest speaker for the noon luncheon. "Part of the transtion is, a piece is funded by the goverment, but there's a hole for the transition operation that has to be funded with private dollars," said Grant. "In keeping with President-Elect Trump's message of not having excessive spending for the government, this is something they chose to do, it's pretty common, private sector steps in to pay for the transition and inauguration and things like that."
Tickets sold for $5,000 per person. Event vice-chair Chris Grant estimates about $1 million dollars was made for the transition committee.
Protesters expressed displeasure with the President-Elect. "We are literally calling out the rich who are enabling facism and they are payin $5,000 a plate for a Trump fundraiser," said Caitlin Blue. She was with a group that hoisted a sign high above Delaware that read 'we will eat the rich.'
Some of the people attending the event included: Honorary Chair Congressman Chris Collins, developer Nick Sinatra, Phil Ackerman, Gerry Bucheit, Brian Lipke, Kent Frey, Jane Corwin and Tony Gioia. Buffalo School Board member was expected to attend, but no one would confirm if he was in attendance.