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Attorney General Orders Trump Foundation To Stop Raising Funds In New York

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Attorney General Orders Trump Foundation To Stop Raising Funds In New York

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By James Oliphant and Emily Stephenson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York’s attorney general ordered Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s charitable foundation to immediately stop fundraising in the state, saying the Trump Foundation was breaking a law that requires charities to register with a state government agency.

“The failure immediately to discontinue solicitation and to file information and reports required under Article 7-A with the Charities Bureau shall be deemed to be a continuing fraud upon the people of the state of New York,” according to a letter dated on Friday that the attorney general’s office posted online.

The “notice of violation,” issued by the office of New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, followed a series of reports in The Washington Post that suggested improprieties by the Trump Foundation, including using the foundation to settle legal disputes.

The cease-and-desist order could undercut Trump’s efforts to make the Clinton Foundation, the family charity of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, a central line of attack in his presidential campaign against her.

Trump has sought to paint the Clinton family charity as a “pay-to-play” operation under which the former secretary of state and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, rewarded big donors to the foundation with access.

The scrutiny on the Trump Foundation came as Trump was dealing with a torrent of bad news, including his shaky debate performance against Clinton on Sept. 26 and the release by the New York Times of tax records that showed Trump taking an almost $1 billion loss in 1995 that may have allowed him to avoid paying federal income taxes for up to 18 years.

In its series of stories on the Trump Foundation, the Post reported that Trump may have violated U.S. Internal Revenue Service rules against “self-dealing” by using foundation money to purchase two portraits of himself, which were then hung at Trump’s private golf clubs in New York and Florida.

The newspaper also said that Trump may have improperly used the foundation to settle legal disputes.

In response to the Post’s reporting, Schneiderman’s office launched an investigation into the Trump Foundation.

The Trump campaign, which has previously accused Schneiderman, a Democrat, of partisan motives, said in a statement that the charity would cooperate with the investigation.

“While we remain very concerned about the political motives behind AG Schneiderman’s investigation, the Trump Foundation nevertheless intends to cooperate fully with the investigation,” said Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks.

“Because this is an ongoing legal matter, the Trump Foundation will not comment further at this time,” she added.

The New York Attorney General’s Office is the sole regulator of charities in the state. A spokesman for the office said it is not unusual for the regulator to send notices to charities whose filings are overdue or incomplete, but a cease-and-desist letter is more serious.

While letters such as the one the Trump Foundation received are not judgments of wrongdoing, they are sent only after the office gets “a clear indication of wrongdoing,” the spokesman said.

Trump established the charitable foundation in 1988, but it runs no programs of its own. Instead, it donates money to other nonprofit groups. Once it started soliciting money from other donors beyond the Trump family, it was required by New York law to register with the state.

(Additional reporting by Emily Flitter; Editing by Caren Bohan Jonathan Oatis)

IMAGE: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks at a news conference in New York City, March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar




  1. Dominick Vila October 4, 2016

    While it is true that Donald Trump has used his PERSONAL Foundation to bribe politicians that dropped plans to investigate him, within days of him “donating” Foundation funds; that he used charitable donations to pay personal debt; that he used charitable donations to “donate” money as if he was him doing it, the fact is that this specific revelation is not going to go anywhere. Not because it does not have merit, but because it will be perceived as a partisan attempt, by an ambitious Democratic party politician to expose a fraudulent, crooked, man running for President.
    In fact, I would be surprised if even the allegations made by a woman that claims to have been raped by Trump when she was 13 get any traction, or even exposure, by the media. Let alone any members of his rabid cult.

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    2. Eleanore Whitaker October 4, 2016

      Normally, I would agree. But the aggregious nature of Trump’s use of his Foundation don’t remotely fit the terms of what the IRS considers a charitable foundation. Not unless Trump considers himself the charity.

      One of the best things that has happened recently is when Gowdy tried desperately to run FBI Dir. Comey through with his Hillary Hater sword.

      Last week, at that investigation, Gowdy insinuated that the FBI was politically biased FOR Hillary.

      You know where that came from? Remember when AG Alberto Gonzalez was forced to resign from the Bush Administration for hiring ONLY Republican lawyers for US Attorneys?

      Gowdy was doing the very same thing Roy Cohn did. Deflecting his own guilt onto others. In Gowdy’s case, it was the FBI dir.

      Every single vengeful act of the Republicans since 2008 has been to “get even.” They went after Hillary as SOS because the 9/11 Commission reamed Rice’s butt.

      They went after Eric Holder to get even for AG Gonzalez having to resign. They got even with President Obama for passing the ACA because they allowed Bush to exercise what Bush publicly stated was “extraordinary executive privilege in a time of war.” Yes. Endless wars the GOP knew would continue to set all manner of precedents no Democratic president DARE EVER repeat.

      1. idamag October 4, 2016

        Anti government groups are not new. Posing as Republicans is. The T-potty was against government taxes and regulations. Part of them are dupes for the fascist element and that does exist. Some of them, like trump, are for themselves. Yes, all those things happened during the evil one and the child’s administration. Two good reads are: “Trumped,” and “The Making of Trump” by David Cay Johnston. Our paper, this morning, has an article by waitresses, at Trump’s golf course. Certain waitresses could not be there when trump was going to be there. If he paid a surprise visit and saw a waitress who wasn’t up to his standards, she would be fired. There are a lot of people that trump is who they are.

      2. Dominick Vila October 4, 2016

        I guess I did not write my post clearly enough. What Trump did with the Foundation funds was illegal. That’s the reason he was fined, at least once, when he gave the FL Attorney General a $25K bribe. Needless to say, using Foundation donations for personal use, or to pretend HE was donating money to charity was, as a minimum, misleading.

  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 4, 2016

    Trump has riddled American society with so many acts of impropriety and ruthlessness that looking at America through a special lens you would think you were looking at Swiss cheese.
    His acts of criminality, cruelty, lying and deception, all in the name of being a “brilliant” business, as some mentally lethargic talking-heads would describe his nefarious practices, are other dimensions of a man totally unfit to be given any money whatsoever, besides enough for basic shelter, clothing, and food. And this is the man many think is worthy of consideration to lead a major influential society in the world?

    Only those with half a brain and less than an an ounce of morals would find this sort of behavior palatable and acceptable.

  3. tbs October 4, 2016

    This is a funny article as the Clintons can steal, funnel , scam and have blood on their hands and not a peep against them!
    Trump has not done 1/4 of what they have done and they are on his back like flies on S____t!
    I hope he beats the crsp out of her in the election!
    He has fought hard, has not cheated like her, done everything on his own hard work and againstALL the dirty works of Clinton’s and he is a much better person than they can ever expect to be, even in their dreams of koolaid!

    1. The lucky one October 4, 2016

      LOL, Trump work hard? It’s never happened. He couldn’t even be bothered to prep for the “debate” and it showed. It wouldn’t really be accurate to say Hillary clobbered him because he mostly did it to himself. Good analogy though with flies and shite but that’s what shite attracts. So you don’t consider a virtual non-stop string of lies to be cheating?

      When Hillary wins you can thank the GOP for running such a clueless unqualified buffoon against her.

    2. Charles R. Ingrao October 4, 2016

      Since you have no proof for any of your claims, need to keep quite. Herr Trump will lose, there are to many decent people in this country to let a self professed bigot and racist become president.

      1. Boo-hooray October 6, 2016

        Brainless child-fcking fggot.
        Go take your laxative, you hideous senile old fool.

        1. Charles R. Ingrao October 6, 2016

          Thanks for proving you are an ignorant despicable excuse for a human being.

    3. johninPCFL October 4, 2016

      Maybe you missed this part: “In response to the Post’s reporting, Schneiderman’s office launched an investigation into the Trump Foundation.”
      If it hadn’t been for that newspaper poking around, Trump could still be using other people’s money to bribe AGs to keep them from investigating him!

      1. Eleanore Whitaker October 4, 2016

        The beak brains always miss the part. What they want is to be allowed to do everything society for hundreds of years has known is unacceptable: smear others without proof, puff out their chests and brag about things they know are lies about themselves and then they want us to not notice they are unhinged? Yeah…right. That’ll happen.

    4. Eleanore Whitaker October 4, 2016

      blah blah blah blah blah blah….On your right winger site, FIX THIS NATION, There’s a headline, “Male Hillary Supporters Might Have Low Testosterone.”

      Sounds more like you Geezer CONmen are overdosing on Viagra.

      If you can’t post proof of what you accuse Hillary of that comes from legal court documents, time for you to super glue that moron mouth of yours.

      And as for you Viagra Geezer addicts and your pathetic cloying, clinging vine MAN dependent women, ooooh a female president must really rake your wussy boy control over the coals right? Get a life loser.

      1. Jmz Nesky October 4, 2016

        Well what do you expect from the hate group fringe? First they had to tolerate a black man in the white house and without any break what so ever they’re going to have to bow down to a damn woman.. What next, a Black woman president?!!! That’s how they think, that’s who they are and it won’t stop until they finally give up the ghost and allow real people to breathe their air.

        1. Eleanore Whitaker October 4, 2016

          Actually? That is a strong possibility. There are three very very prominent, hugely intelligent and quite capable black women who could end up as the president who follows Hillary.

          That IS why these DogPatch hicks don’t want Hillary. They only go after the Clinton Foundation, her husband and any other mole hill they can turn into mountains. They don’t want any woman in the White House, no matter how they try to cushion that phony “Anyone but Hillary routine.” They hate Senator Elizabeth Warren and Nancy Pelosi just as much as they do Hillary and for the same reason: Too many women in positions of power.

          The 3 black women are Sheila Jackson Lee, Bonnie Watson Coleman and tah dah…the future Senator Michelle Obama. Ooooh and how that would curl the hick Lil Abners balls.

          1. Jmz Nesky October 4, 2016

            Oh yes.. That last name would turn ’em everywhere but loose.. It might even cause ’em to turn into pillars of salt, now wouldn’t that be a knee slapper.

          2. Eleanore Whitaker October 4, 2016

            The reason Gingrich suspected Hillary had potential as president was because Gingrich was a comrade of one Eric “Blackwater” Prince and Rev. Ralph Can’t Keep it in His Pants Reed.

            So these good ole boys saw that with a woman like Hillary, she’d open the door to the very thing southern and midwestern tradition has preached for generations: Men lead, women follow.

            They knew if Hillary ever decided to run for president, she might be the first, but she’d never be the last.

          3. Carole Moore October 4, 2016

            I love you Eleanore, you crack me up everday!! YOU GO GIRL!!

          4. Beethoven October 4, 2016

            I’m not familiar with Lee or Coleman, but if I got a chance, I would definitely vote for Michelle Obama. I have been saying that when we elect a Hispanic lesbian atheist, we can truly say that any native-born American can grow up to be President of the United States.

    5. Jon October 4, 2016

      That is a funny post. Apparently you have been asleep for the last 30 years. I know you are not to blame for being utterly clueless and misinformed. You have probably been swallowing Breitbart News and Daily Stormer articles and posts with breakfast each morning. I can see that it has put you in a very hateful mood and altered your thinking to the point that you no longer look for facts or honesty but merely accept what they feed you as gospel. I realize how you get comfort from your brothers and sisters in the Movement and how you feel all cozy and warm inside while they fan the flames of hate around you. However, for your mental health you are going to need to give up the security blanket which the Movement has become for you. It won’t be easy for you but if you will be brave you can do it. Good luck.

    6. marriea October 4, 2016

      tbs, At least the Clinton Foundation can generate proof of where their funds are going and where they came from on paper.
      Can’t say the same of Donald Trump.
      It’s so sad that you so have your head in the clouds with regard to ‘the Donald’
      I hope you don’t have such a high regards for him that you try and do what he has done.
      You’d find yourself charged so fast, your head wouldn’t have time to comprehend that your ass is on the ground.

  4. Eleanore Whitaker October 4, 2016

    First of all, whenever you hear a nasty McCarthy Era attack dog lob accusations at Hillary, all you need to do is tell them to show YOU the facts from legal documents.

    The Trump Foundation was robbed by one of Trump’s sons to afford that exclusive safari hunt of endangered species he was so proud to take his selfies of.

    What’s really happening is that Trump is showing not stupidity but bad bad BAD judgment. What would make any presidential candidate think for one second voters will not demand to know HOW he got so wealth? What would make such an imbecile mind like Trump think he could stop the leaks about his corruption in business and his lies during any election campaign? For Pete’s sake, even Mittsy took it on the jaw for his offshore tax free Cayman Island accounts. Why would Trump think he is immune?

    I’ll tell you why…he believes he can rule the universe, bend minds and generally become SUPER MAN. Sorry, not when he implies we should all be as smart as he is and pay NO taxes.

    The dirt on Trump has been known since the 90s. He had a bunch of judged in his back pocket and now most of them are either dead or hiding in some remote retreat so they don’t have to be investigated for collusion with the biggest business fraud in US History.

    He isn’t successful. He is a liar and crook. As his own father, Fred, once told him in a public exchange, “you don’t become successful by being a crook.”

  5. Jon October 4, 2016

    Say it ain’t so. Just a few days ago Trump puppet Boris Epshteyn was hollering at everyone who put up with his boorish antics that the Trump Foundation had followed all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Damn it Boris looks like your credibility just tanked. I guess nobody ever told you not to lie.

  6. idamag October 4, 2016

    On top of that, there should be an investigation into Florida’s AG for dropping the investigation of Trump University after she received a campaign donation. Trump is a mobster.


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