AWKWARD

Trump Profited From ‘Pyramid Scheme’

Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has made millions from ACN, a company that has been investigated on pyramid-scheme allegations in Montana, Canada, and Australia. ACN successfully beat charges that its money came primarily from new members buying in, rather than products sold. When questioned by The Wall Street Journal, Trump claimed that ACN paid handsomely to be on his NBC reality-TV show The Apprentice, despite the fact that the North Carolina-based video phone business struggled before the show aired. “I do not know the company. I know nothing about the company other than the people who run the company,” he said. “I’m not familiar with what they do or how they go about doing that, and I make that clear in my speeches.” Yet the ACN website featured pages touting Trump’s support—all of which were removed after the Journal interviewed him Tuesday. Trump also spoke at an ACN event this year, which he defended as “my opinion.” ACN recruits pay $499 to become representatives and pay a yearly renewal fee.