New Jersey-based Trump Entertainment Resorts owns more than 200 hotels and resorts across the U.S. and Canada, including five in Atlantic City.
The family has been linked to Trump casinos in Atlantic County, including a Trump Plaza, which opened in 2014.
But a review of court records and interviews with people who have worked with Trump’s companies show that, in recent years, the family has sought to keep its casinos on the up and up.
Trump has also hired his own legal counsel to oversee his casinos and has made a habit of paying himself more than $200,000 a year to manage his businesses.
While the Trump family is now in control of Trump Atlantic City, the Trump name remains in its place as the main developer of the casino, according to the documents reviewed by The Associated Press.
“I know the Trump team will try to use this lawsuit to keep the Trump brands out of Atlantic City,” said Robert McElroy, a partner at McElroys law firm in Atlantic, N.J. “It’s a sad day for Atlantic City.”
Atlantic City has been a destination for Trump for more than 40 years, but the casino business has suffered in recent decades, especially during the recession.
The Trump casinos have faced lawsuits for years over the quality of their security, the size of their rooms and the amount of gambling.
Trump Entertainment owns about 50 percent of the Atlantic City casinos.
The company is also in the process of expanding its casino operation into Atlantic City and elsewhere.
Trump’s business empire has grown over the years, becoming a $30 billion company that includes casinos in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Trump was named the world’s wealthiest person in 2014 after he paid $20.5 billion for the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic.
The deal, which Trump later said he made in part to finance his education, is a cornerstone of his presidential campaign.
Trump also has a stake in a hotel, the Plaza Hotel in Atlantic Beach, which he also owns.
In a statement issued in June 2016, the hotel said it is committed to investing in the community.
“The Plaza has a proven track record of creating jobs, creating opportunity and bringing new life to a community that has long been neglected,” it said.
Trump says the Plaza is a business success, but some Atlantic City residents said the resort is failing to provide the amenities and entertainment the city needs.
The resort’s occupancy rate, which includes those who stay for a day or more, dropped to just 6.9 percent in 2015, according in the state’s Office of Business Growth.
The casino’s occupancy, meanwhile, dropped slightly in 2016 to 6.6 percent.
Trump and the Trump companies also have a stake as the owner of a casino that is part of the Trump Entertainment brand.
Atlantic City’s casino operator said in a statement that the resort has been operating at a “significant loss” for more as than a decade, and that the Trump casinos are not making money.
“Our strategy is to make investments in the city and continue to work toward a successful casino, which we will be in business to the full extent of the license,” Atlantic City Casino General Manager John O’Donnell said in the statement.
In an email to the AP, Trump Entertainment said it does not comment on litigation.
The AP reviewed the casino company’s 2015 annual report and the 2016 financial statements for the three years ending in June.
The statements do not detail what Trump paid to manage the Atlantic Resort and Casino in Atlantic last year.
The documents show the Trump organization paid $3.8 million in fees for “consulting services” in 2015.
The records do not list the fees or what services were provided.
The Atlantic City casino, a joint venture between Trump Entertainment and the Atlantic County board of supervisors, has been struggling to pay its bills.
The casinos have been struggling for years to keep up with growing demand from mainland New York.
Atlantic County’s population is shrinking, and the casinos have had to turn to outside help to make up the difference.
The board of trustees has also faced criticism for spending nearly $200 million on a new, $1.6 billion casino in the small resort town of West Palm Beach, in part due to concerns about the quality and safety of the new facilities.
In December 2016, Trump agreed to pay $8.5 million in restitution to Atlantic City to settle a civil lawsuit brought by a former employee.
Trump, however, had no part in the decision.
The court records do indicate that the Atlantic Casino paid a $250,000 fine to the state to resolve claims that it had not kept records of gambling revenue in Atlantic during the three-year period.
Atlantic’s Casino Commission also paid a fine in 2017 to settle claims that the company had not collected taxes on gaming revenue.
Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump spokesman Jason Miller did not return an email seeking comment.
The former employee