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'Coincidences and errors' led to Trump's questionable donation to Pam Bondi



Donald Trump's presidential campaign says the Trump Foundation made a mistake in 2013 when it gave $25,000 to a political committee controlled by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

The donation, which was not disclosed as a political contribution on tax forms by the Donald J. Trump Foundation, may have been a violation of federal tax laws, according to a complaint filed Monday with the Internal Revenue Service.

But the Trump campaign is chalking it up to accounting mistakes.

A clerk working for the Trump Organization thought the political committee, called And Justice for All, was a Utah-based nonprofit of the same name and decided to write the check from the charitable foundation.

Trump's other contributions to Florida candidates have come from him personally.

To make matters worse, the Trump Foundation did not list the $25,000 donation as a political contribution in its tax filings, instead noting that it gave to a Kansas-based group called Justice for All.

"It's an unfortunate series of coincidences and errors," Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said Tuesday.

501(c)(3) charitable groups like the Trump Foundation aren't allowed to take political action, or they risk losing their tax-exempt status. The Trump accountants are working to remedy the situation with the IRS, but Hicks said she did not know what may be involved.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 5:31pm]


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