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Trump-Bashing Mag Kicks Donald While He’s Down With AM-Trump-Cash

June 5, 1990 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ How bad are things for Donald Trump? Well, consider this - he recently cashed a check for 13 cents.

Trump and fellow multimillionaire Adnan Khashoggi - a man with his own problems - were the only two of 13 wealthy sorts stung in a Spy magazine operation, which answered its cover story question, ″Who is America’s cheapest zillionaire?″

Spy created a legally incorporated company named the National Refund Clearinghouse and opened a checking account. They then zipped out refund checks of $1.11 to 58 ″well-known, well-heeled Americans.″


Twenty-six people - including Khashoggi, Trump, Cher, Harry Helmsley, Michael Douglas, Shirley MacLaine and Kurt Vonnegut - cashed the checks. Woody Allen, Dustin Hoffman, Billy Joel and John McEnroe were among those who did not.

The magazine went back to the people who cashed the check, then sent each one a 64 cent check to cover a ″computer error.″ Thirteen people cashed these, including Trump and Khashoggi, prompting a showdown for the title.

All 13 received a third check for 13 cents; only Trump and Khashoggi cashed them. Khashoggi, who is on trial with Imelda Marcos in U.S. District Court, personally endorsed his check.

″These habits of thriftiness will stand these men in good stead when they are behind bars or out in the street and find it necessary to assemble the funds to buy cigarettes or a cheese sandwich,″ the magazine said in July’s issue.

A Trump spokesman, Dan Klores, said there would be no comment about the report. Khashoggi could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday afternoon because he was not in his Manhattan apartment.