Trump used char­ity funds to pay le­gal set­tle­ments

The Myanmar Times - - World -

REPUB­LI­CAN pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump used funds from his char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion to pay set­tle­ments in le­gal cases in­volv­ing his busi­nesses, an ap­par­ent vi­o­la­tion of laws gov­ern­ing non-prof­its, The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported.

The cases in­volved a com­bined US$258,000 paid out by the Don­ald J Trump Foun­da­tion – a char­ity al­most en­tirely funded with other peo­ple’s money, the news­pa­per said.

The news­pa­per car­ried out a week­s­long in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the char­ity’s fi­nances, find­ing that Mr Trump him­self has not con­trib­uted a dol­lar since 2009. The group is funded by do­na­tions from third par­ties in­stead.

One of the group’s sus­pect pay­ments was a $100,000 do­na­tion to a vet­er­ans’ char­ity in 2007 as part of a le­gal set­tle­ment with the city of Palm Beach, Florida.

Mr Trump had sued the city af­ter it fined him $120,000, or $1250 per day, for erect­ing an 80-foot (24-me­tre) flag­pole at his Mar-a-Lago Club that ex­ceeded the max­i­mum 42 feet per­mit­ted by lo­cal reg­u­la­tions.

The Trump Foun­da­tion also made trans­ac­tions that ap­peared to be ex­clu­sively for the ben­e­fit of the real es­tate mogul or his busi­nesses, ap­par­ently in vi­o­la­tion of reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing char­i­ties.

In one case, the char­ity paid $20,000 in 2007 for a 6-foot por­trait of Mr Trump,.

“Clearly the Trump Foun­da­tion is as much a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion as Trump Uni­ver­sity is an in­sti­tute of higher ed­u­ca­tion,” said Christina Reynolds, a spokesper­son for the cam­paign of Mr Trump’s White House ri­val, Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton.

“Once again, Trump has proven him­self a fraud who be­lieves the rules don’t ap­ply to him,” she said.

“It’s past time for him to re­lease his tax re­turns to show whether his tax is­sues ex­tend to his own per­sonal fi­nances.” –

Photo: EPA

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump speaks at a rally at Du­plin County Events Cen­tre in Ke­nansville, North Car­olina, on Septem­ber 20.

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