Considering all the times he has been caught either lying or misquoting, his dishonesty shouldn’t be any more of a surprise. But somehow, the Republican presidential candidate manages to astonish every time with a new false claim or a discrepancy.
For instance, as The Washington Post just revealed, the billionaire business mogul has not been honest about the $102 million worth to donations he has been touting about since the beginning of his presidential run. An investigation into the list of Trump's charitable donations, provided by his campaign, revealed that among the 4,844 contributions he reportedly made in past five years, not a single donation was of his own money.
The list, obtained by the Post and called “Donald J. Trump Charitable Contributions,” shows that most donations came from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which comprises money from third party donors. In addition, according to public tax filings, Trump did not give any money to the foundation between 2008 and 2014.
The White House hopeful also took charitable credit for “2,900 free rounds of golf, 175 free hotel stays, 165 free meals and 11 gift certificates to the spa.”
Moreover, the former reality TV star appears to give his foundation’s money to organizations and individuals closely tied to his business dealings and political objectives. For instance, in the past five years, it has donated money to the American Cancer Society, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society — all of which have held fundraisers at Trump's Club in Palm Beach. Interestingly, the largest donation, $158,000, went to the charity of a man who was suing him.
Trump has also donated such things as “freebies” at sales meetings, along with a listed $1,136.56 donation to the “Serena Williams Group,” which actually went to Williams, the world's 47th highest-paid athlete. However, a spokesperson for the tennis star told the Post that Trump hadn’t donated to the charity. Instead, he had given Williams a free ride from Florida on his plane and a free framed photo of herself.