Trump's foundation continues to find trouble in Florida
Donald Trump’s foundation continues to find trouble in Florida.
First there was the $25,000 Trump Foundation donation to Pam Bondi. Now, questions of self-dealing have arisen following a report that Trump used the charity to settle a lawsuit stemming from an 80-foot flag pole he erected at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.
The questions persist a day after the Washington Post reported Trump used $100,000 of foundation money to give to a charity for veterans, setting his beef with Palm Beach officials.
Trump ran afoul of local ordinances by putting up the flag pole, topped with a massive American flag, in 2006 and the saga had been well chronicled. He faced fines of $1,250 a day.
But with his foundation coming under scrutiny in light of the Bondi donation, the new revelation fuels the controversy.
“That’s way across the line,” said Lloyd Mayer, a professor at Notre Dame Law School who specializes in nonprofit and tax law, told the New York Times. “It’s not even close. It’s clearly self-dealing for a private foundation like the Trump Foundation.”
Trump's campaign last night issued a statement blasting the Post reporting and saying it was full of inaccuracies. But it never said what those inaccuracies are.
Another dubious use of foundation money:
In 2007, Trump used $20,000 of foundation money to buy a painting of himself, according to the Post. The painting was created on the spot at a children's charity held at Mar-a-Lago, and Trump's wife, Melania, bid $20,000.
At 10 a.m. today, Democrats, including Reps. Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel and former state legislator Dan Gelber, will hold a news conference calling for an investigation into the “growing pay-to-play scheme surrounding the Donald J. Trump Foundation.”