The fraudulent Trump University and unreleased tax returns are not the only corruption scandals plaguing Donald Trump and his campaign. As it turns out, the Republican nominee's namesake foundation lacks the certification required to receive public donations.
Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold on Thursday dropped a new exposé revealing the Donald J. Trump Foundation never obtained the legal documents that would allow it to solicit $25,000 or more in donations.
If Trump had registered the foundation, there would have been audits and investigations into the spending and the dealings — the shady nature of which are only now being revealed through Fahrenthold's dogged investigations.
The foundation, which reportedly received over $2.3 million from businesses owing Trump or his company money, used the donations to settle legal disputes on at least three different occasions — a $100,000 settlement to Mar-a-Lago Club, $158,000 to Martin Greenberg and a donation to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s campaign.
The last payment was made just four days before Bondi’s office decided not to participate in a lawsuit against Trump University.
Trump has also been accused of stealing money from the charity for his own personal use.
The Trump Foundation also reportedly solicited $1.67 million in donations under the guise of veteran’s charity — the money was only donated after the business mogul was asked about it.
Even the tax records show the charity has received way more than $25,000 in the last decade or so.
The allegation comes about two weeks after New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman opened a broad inquiry into the foundation.
While it is not clear if the recent findings would be included in the investigation, The Washington Post reports that it Schneiderman finds that “Trump’s foundation raised money in violation of the law, he could order the charity to stop raising money immediately. With a court’s permission, Schneiderman could also force Trump to return money that his foundation has already raised.”
Unsurprisingly, the Trump campaign has not commented on the matter as of yet.