New York attorney general orders Trump Foundation to stop fundraising in the state
Republican nominee Donald Trump is not having a very good week. After having a meltdown following the first presidential debate and having to defend some tax return documents leaked to The New York Times, now the New York attorney general has ordered the Trump Foundation to stop taking donations immediately. The attorney general found that Trump’s foundation is breaking the law in New York state by soliciting donations without proper certification. After all the focus the real estate mogul has tried to bring to the allegedly corrupt practices of the Clinton Foundation, this is just another blow to the candidate’s credibility.
Not being registered in the state is a pretty big deal, especially because the Trump Foundation has asked for more donations than ever before this year given the campaign and even set up the website www.donaldtrumpforvets.com, which promises to give all the money received to veterans’ charities. But since the organization isn’t registered in the state, it also got out of a state audit — so it’s anyone’s guess what is actually going on. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is giving the Trump Foundation 15 days to submit all of the required paperwork to register, as well as all the missing audit documents, or it will be charged with fraud.
It’s possible that, somewhere, Trump is having a nervous breakdown this very minute.
Even if the Trump Foundation is on the up and up, which it most certainly could be, the fact that the organization was never registered and continued to fundraise doesn’t look good on a bunch of levels. It’s another example, much like Trump’s tax returns, of not following the rules and assuming to be above everybody else. Using legal tax loopholes to not pay any income tax is a shitty thing to do. Not registering a charity and taking people’s money without any outside audits is just downright shady. If the campaign tries to explain its way out of this and claim ignorance, that also just looks bad. Trump and his people are supposed to be business geniuses. What kind of genius doesn’t get how the game is played?
Trump is, predictably, crying foul. Trump’s spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, released a statement Monday saying, “While we remain very concerned about the political motives behind A.G. Schneiderman’s investigation, the Trump Foundation nevertheless intends to cooperate fully with the investigation. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, the Trump Foundation will not comment further at this time.”
It’s sort of amusing how Trump manages to claim all the systems are somehow rigged against him, yet he’s made them work for him for so long. Maybe he is a savant after all.