Trump ordered to pay $2M for persistent violation of charities law

dandyfopp

No problem. If he pays it will come from taxpayer money or campaign funds.

^^


President Donald Trump ordered to pay $2M to collection of nonprofits as part of civil lawsuit

https://abcnews.go.com/US/trump-foundation-ordered-pay-2m-collection-nonprofits-part/story?id=66827235


President Donald Trump has been ordered by a New York State judge to pay $2 million to a group of nonprofit organizations as part of a settlement in a civil lawsuit stemming from persistent violations of state charities laws.

The payment is the final resolution to a case brought by the New York attorney general's office after the Trump Foundation held a fundraiser for military veterans during the 2016 campaign.


The televised fundraiser took in nearly $3 million in donations that were dispersed on the eve of the Iowa caucuses as directed by then-campaign chief Corey Lewandowski.


The two million must be paid by President Trump himself for breaching his fiduciary duty to properly oversee the foundation that bears his name.


"I direct Mr. Trump to pay the $2,000,000, which would have gone to the Foundation if it were still in existence, on a pro rata basis to the Approved Recipients," Judge Saliann Scarpulla wrote.


The lawsuit filed by the state's attorney general accused President Trump -- along with his children, Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka -- of conflating charity with politics, repeatedly using charitable donations for personal, political and business gains, including legal settlements, campaign contributions and even to purchase a portrait of Trump to hang at one of his hotels..


Filed in state Supreme Court by the attorney general's Charities Bureau, the suit sought to dissolve the private New York-based foundation and prevent the Trumps from serving as directors of any nonprofits in the future.


The foundation has already agreed to cease operations and must pay the two million to a consortium of nonprofit organizations.



Attorneys for Trump argued that the money was always used for charitable purposes within the law, such as in 2014 when Trump bid $10,000 of foundation money on a portrait of himself at a charity auction benefiting the Unicorn Foundation. Trump Organization attorney, Alan Futerfas told the court Trump only donated to start the bidding, but when no one else would bid, the Donald J. Trump Foundation was stuck with the painting.


When the lawsuit was filed in June 2018, President Trump attacked it and claimed the lawsuit was politically motivated.


"The sleazy New York Democrats, and their now disgraced (and run out of town) A.G. Eric Schneiderman, are doing everything they can to sue me on a foundation that took in $18,800,000 and gave out to charity more money than it took in, $19,200,000," the president said in a tweet referencing the former state attorney general.


The judge repeatedly rejected attempts by Trump to have the case dismissed.


After reviewing the record, Judge Scarpulla determined that "Mr. Trump breached his fiduciary duty to the Foundation and that waste occurred to the Foundation."


"Mr. Trump’s fiduciary duty breaches included allowing his campaign to orchestrate the Fundraiser, allowing his campaign, instead of the Foundation, to direct distribution of the Funds, and using the Fundraiser and distribution of the Funds to further Mr. Trump’s political campaign," Scarpulla wrote.

A spokesperson for the Trump Foundation, in a statement, said, "Since its inception in 1987, the Trump Foundation has distributed over $19 million to hundreds of worthwhile charities with little to no expenses. More than $9 million came directly from President Trump."


"Following the 2016 presidential election, the Trump Foundation publicly announced its intention to voluntarily dissolve and distribute all of its remaining funds to charity. Unfortunately, that donation was delayed due to the Attorney General’s politically motivated lawsuit," the statement continued. "We are pleased that the Court, in rejecting the Attorney General’s frivolous request for statutory penalties, interest and other damages, recognized that every penny ever raised by the Trump Foundation has gone to help those most in need."



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maifleur01

I noticed that the news did not mention the other thing that was mentioned earlier. Banning Trump and his immediate family from being involved with charities as directors.

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chase_gw

"The lawsuit filed by the state's attorney general accused President Trump -- along with his children, Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka -- of conflating charity with politics, repeatedly using charitable donations for personal, political and business gains"


Guess he can't help himself.......he just swapped out abuse of his charitable foundation for abuse of the power of the Presidency for personal, political and business gains.

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chipotle

Not qualified to sit on the board of a charity, yet he sits in the Oval Office. Mind-boggling.

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soupgirl53

Yet another feather in Trump's cap!

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patriciae_gw(07)

Another BIG WIN for Trump.

Really, this is how you can be called a successful business man when you go bankrupt several times and pass as moral when you pay off porn stars from you desk in the White House and be the smartest man in the room because your gut tells you what to do (eat another hamburger?). Lose your case and you are a winner.

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Jennifer

And have your charity pay for a $10000 picture of the cretin in chief.

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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

Toss another mulligan on the barbie.

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chase_gw

2M$ for this fraud...25M $ for the Trump University fraud...of course both judges were Democratic operatives.

The man is a crook and they just don't care.

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dandyfopp

That is the way it is going to go all the way down.

Jesus Christ could testify and be smeared the next day if he was speaking out against Donnie.

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

A finer family of grifters cannot be found in this fair land.

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I wonder if the next generation of Trumps will be carrying on the family tradition.

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Linda

Just the thought of the idiot's genes being passed down to future generations makes me feel like puking! If there is anyone in that family with an ounce of goodness, I haven't heard any evidence of it. I just hope the charities actually receive the money. Something tells me that they will never receive a cent!

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BetsyJ

Is Holding Fake Lunch Contests Trump’s Pettiest Scam?

The pettiest grift of Trump’s presidency may be a scheme that was recently uncovered by Popular Information’s Judd Legum. As Legum notes, the Trump campaign has held at least 15 online contests in which the winner was promised a meal with Trump. Many of them also promised travel accommodations. All supporters had to do to enter the contests, which were promoted heavily on social media, was donate to the campaign. “I just saw the most recent list of Patriots who have contributed to win a trip to meet me in Chicago on October 28th, and I noticed you STILL haven’t entered,” read one email regarding a contest for a supporter and a guest to have lunch with Trump in Chicago.

This may sound great for Trump supporters, but there’s one problem: despite the untold sums of money raised off the contests, no one appears to have actually sat down for a meal with the president.

The campaign certainly hasn’t been able to provide any proof. After Legum’s original piece on the potential scam published, Trump campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh tweeted that “[p]eople win the contests each time,” but offered no additional evidence. Nor have any of the “top supporters” and “patriots” who entered any of the 15 contests come forward with pictures or other proof that they sat down for a meal with Trump.

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b(zone 9/10)

FWIW, the money was eventually distributed to the charities - after they were caught.

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how2girl

As per usual there’s a tweet for everything - note the date


He settled!



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vgkg Z-7 Va(Z-7)

Mandatory training? What? On how to develope scruples? That ship has sailed.

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how2girl

A conscience would be mandatory, that ship was never in the dock.

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maifleur01

It would have been better if they had been banned from all charities since they obviously know how to manipulate them.

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chipotle

"Make no mistake about what this ruling means: Trump and his family used their nonprofit as a slush fund for the campaign, using money raised ostensibly for veterans to further his own political interests." -- Chris Cillizza


Yup!

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jama7(6)

Sadly, I think we have already seen the "we'll see".

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lily316

I forget the details but once trump had competing rallies a few years ago with some other candidate and said all his money would go to veteran's groups and not a dime ever appeared.

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jerzeegirl(9b)

Fat Donald is a cheapskate. He has always been one and will forever be one. Defrauding charities is the lowest of low.

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jama7(6)

I'm seeing some pretty "nothing" posts disappearing too. Absolutely nothing wrong with them.

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Chi

So he had a fake fundraiser for veterans and stole the money to benefit himself politically?

Just add it to the list of things that any other president would have been impeached for.

What's especially sad is that we are so used to his criminal and unethical antics that this is barely getting any attention.

Meanwhile the Republicans totally ignore this and focus on whether someone lied about replying to an email or not.

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Kathy

How many millions did he raise for veterans that he spent on his campaign?


George Takei response to Trump on Twitter


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catkinZ8a

fake news

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chipotle

From NPR:


"The case is tied to a televised fundraiser for veterans held by Trump in
Iowa when he was running for president in January 2016. Trump had said
the funds raised would be distributed to charities. But according to
court documents, the Trump Foundation improperly used $2.82 million it
received from that fundraiser."


https://www.npr.org/2019/11/07/777287610/judge-says-trump-must-pay-2-million-over-misuse-of-foundation-funds

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b(zone 9/10)

Haha, didn't you know that staid, moderate NPR, is just more fake news to those living in GOP cloud cuckoo land?

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