Amidst all the hub bub over Hillary Clinton’s health scare on Sunday, one very important and damning story about Donald Trump came out from The Washington Post, but was virtually buried under all the hype about the Democratic nominee’s pneumonia.
David Fahrenthold from the Post has been reporting for months now about the screwiness of Donald Trump’s charitable foundation. In his most recent article, the reporter has tried
The bottom line of the piece was that tax records show the Trump has not been contributing his own money to his own foundation since 2008, he has been acquiring donations from other charities and passing them off as gifts of his own, and many charities report never receiving money from the foundation despite being listed as recipients of gifts by the Trump foundation.
Fahrenthold also found that Trump gave sporadically rather than picking a cause and donating regularly like most foundations do, which gives the impression he’s been donating for favors and influence. Trump would donate to a charity and hold their fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, then turn around and charge them hundreds of thousands of dollars for use of his property. Trump was also found to have donated to a Florida AG’s Super PAC, which is illegal, and he was fined $2,500 this year by the IRS. Trump also purchased gifts for himself from charity auctions, like a $12,000 Tim Tebow helmet and a $20,000 lifesize painting of himself with the donated cash. This is called self-dealing and is generally prohibited by the IRS.
This rather damning report caught the eye of the New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The New York AG is now opening an investigation “to make sure [the Donald J. Trump foundation] is complying with the laws governing charities in New York.”
In the past Schneiderman has tangled with Trump over his fraudulent univeristy that swindled tens of thousands of dollars from Americans looking to better themselves. That class action lawsuit is still being meted out in the courts.
Schneiderman told CNN’s Jake Tapper:
My interest in this issue really is in my capacity as regulator of non-profits in New York state. And we have been concerned that the Trump Foundation may have engaged in some impropriety from that point of view. And we’ve inquired into it and we’ve had correspondence with them. I didn’t make a big deal out of it or hold a press conference. We have been looking into the Trump Foundation to make sure it’s complying with the laws governing charities in New York.”
Schneiderman also talked about Donald Trump’s “scorched Earth” tactics, describing a website that went up to discredit the New York AG, a $100 million countersuit, phony ethics complaints, and preemptive hit articles in newspapers.
This doesn’t look good for Trump, either way you crack it. And the campaign has been deadly silent.
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