Friday, September 9, 2016

Trumped! Corruption edition

Corruption, thy name is "Trump":
Donald Trump's charitable foundation gave a whopping $100,000 to a conservative group pursuing legal action against the New York attorney general at the same time that office was conducting a fraud probe into Trump University, Yahoo News reported Friday.
The Donald J. Trump Foundation’s sizable 2014 gift to the Citizens United Foundation marked the first time it had ever donated to the group, and was “by far the largest” gift the foundation gave to any organization that year, according to the report.
It happened to come as the Citizens United foundation, which is part of a GOP activist network run by Trump’s newly-hired deputy campaign manager, David Bossie, was pursuing a lawsuit against Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for his efforts to require nonprofit groups to disclose the identity of their donors. That suit has since been dismissed.
Schneiderman was the only attorney general to pursue allegations that Trump's seminar program used misleading marketing materials to encourage students to sign up for costly real estate courses that were essentially worthless. The suit is still pending in state court in New York.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's office announced in 2013 that it might join Schneiderman’s probe, but ultimately decided against it. A political committee backing Bondi’s re-election campaign received $25,000 from Trump’s charity just days before her office said it wouldn't take up the case.
In a few years, a picture of Trump will appear in dictionaries next to the entry on 'corruption'.

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