At the same time, media paid attention to people and organizations, who received donations from the Trump Foundation.
“We’re dealing with an attorney general who everyone in NY knows is a total lightweight”, Donald Trump said of Eric Schneiderman following the Trump University lawsuit filing. If the last few weeks of political news have taught us anything it’s this: If you are going to run for president, you would be better off not having a foundation. “And you know what, when I need something from them, two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me”.
The contribution to Bondi’s fundraising committee has drawn scrutiny because her office declined to join a lawsuit against Trump regarding his now-shuttered school, Trump University.
Prepare for another war of words.
NY state’s attorney general revealed Tuesday that his office has been investigating Donald Trump’s charity to make sure it has been following state law governing nonprofits.
“We have been concerned that the Trump Foundation may have engaged in some impropriety from that point of view”, Mr Schneiderman told CNN.
This morning, CBS News reported that Trump’s campaign had responded to the inquiry with a statement that called Schneiderman “a partisan hack” and referred to the inquiry as “nothing more than another left-wing hit job”. One more recipient of money from the Trump Foundation was the Citizens United Foundation that had filed a lawsuit against Schneiderman, who had also investigated the Trump University’s activities.
News of Schneiderman’s latest investigation comes in the wake of The Washington Post’s reporting on the foundation’s “unusual” practices.
In a response on July 25, the Trump Foundation said that the contribution was “mistakenly made from the Foundation” and instead came from Trump’s personal funds. The Washington Post reported that Trump made questionable purchases using donations from contributors.
Trump’s “charitable” Foundation illegally gave $25,000 to Florida AG Pam Bondi in what also appears to be an additional illegal play-to-play scheme to buy her off.
Clinton’s stumble, captured on amateur video and seen online and on television, gave Trump a new opening to question her fitness for the nation’s highest office as the race intensifies.
Bondi, her office and the Trump campaign have strongly denied the claim.
Regardless, nonprofits are prohibited from “directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office”. Trump Foundation officials said it was the result of clerical errors, but it was recently required to pay a $2,500 fine to the IRS nonetheless.