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September 16, 2016

Trump’s Foundation Investigated By N.Y. Attorney General

Trump’s Foundation Investigated By N.Y. Attorney General
By Andy Segedin - September 14, 2016
The Nonprofit Times

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The Donald J. Trump Foundation is under investigation by the New York State Office of the Attorney Generalfor, among other things, a 2013 political donation to a Florida group with suspected ties to the attorney general there.

Democrats in the House of Representatives have called on the U.S. Department of Justice to launch an investigation into the matter. 

And, the Washington Post is reporting that little of the money given by the foundation was actually money from Trump but from donors to the foundation which was then awarded.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, in a letter to the foundation dated June 9, reviewed prohibitions placed on 501(c)(3) organizations from donating to political candidates or committees. The letter then referenced public campaign finance records from the Florida Department of State’s Division of Elections, disclosing a $25,000 donation the foundation made to a group called And Justice For All on Sept. 7, 2013.

The letter further requested information including other political contributions made since Jan. 1, 2013 and what was done to return the contribution. Multiple media outlets have reported that And Justice For All supported Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s 2013 campaign. Bondi, at the time, was weighing whether to pursue an investigation into Trump University. A formal investigation was never opened.

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