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Top stories this week: Trump internal audit, Red Bull, real estate investing

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Hello!

What a week from our new DC bureau. Here’s bureau chief Darren Samuelsohn:

Tom LoBianco landed a major league scoop to close out the week detailing the Trump campaign’s internal audit of spending during the tenure of now-demoted campaign manager Brad Parscale.

Not only did the story rattle political circles, it clearly got under the Trump campaign’s skin. Parscale issued a tweet three minutes before the article published calling the media a “criminal network that has very few honest people.” And Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien in a statement an hour after the article went online described Tom as a “poor man’s gossip columnist.”

Read the story in full here:

The Trump campaign is investigating campaign spending, Parscale contracts

Elsewhere:

Turmoil at Red Bull

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From Patrick Coffee:

Red Bull fired its top two North American executives, CEO Stefan Kozak and president and CMO Amy Taylor, and global head of music, entertainment, and culture marketing Florian Klaass.

A person with direct knowledge of the firings, who is known to Business Insider but requested anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss it, said Klaass was let go over his role in a February corporate event, first reported by Business Insider, where a presentation slide was shown that featured racist stereotypes.

The slide, which was leaked to Business Insider, showed a world map that labeled the Middle East and Southeast Asia as “evil doers,” continental Europe as “pussies,” and South America as “coffee comes from here I think.” Multiple employees said Klaass’ Austria-based team included the slide despite being warned not to do so by US colleagues.

Red Bull more recently has been rife with internal tensions over Black Lives Matter. Employees leaked a letter that was sent June 1 to Kozak and Taylor criticizing the company’s “public silence” on the movement.

You can read the story in full here:

Red Bull fires top North American executives following internal controversy over Black Lives Matter and the leak of an offensive presentation slide

In related news:

A guide to real-estate investing

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Chris Competiello, Libertina Brandt, and Natasha Solo-Lyons this week combined to produce a guide to getting started in real-estate investing. From their story:

In the US, the allure of real estate hasn’t let up. In a recent Gallup survey, of the 1,012 US adults polled, 35% said that real-estate was the best way to build long-term wealth.

And in the past several years, real estate has created returns comparable to other investment assets.

According to the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries, expected annual total returns on apartment investments have fluctuated between 6% and 15% since 2012. Over the same period, the S&P 500 had an annualized return of about 10%.

To help you get going, we’ve collected insights into mistakes to avoid, how to scale your business, and what it takes to nail the management side of property management.

You can read that in full here:

The ultimate guide to getting started in real-estate investing — according to entrepreneurs who built multimillion-dollar empires from scratch

In related news:

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— Matt

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