|Trump with Bondi, before speaking at a campaign event in Tampa on Aug. 24|
Remember earlier this year, while on the campaign trail, Donald J. Trump said these words about his financial dealings with politicians...
"I've got to give to them, because when I want something, I get it. When I call, they kiss my ass."
Well now we know what he expects to get for his money.
In a move that makes Hillary Clintons faux improprieties look quaint by comparison, Donald Trump has engaged in what appears to be a real "pay to play" scandal.
Working backwards from an IRS penalty for improper donations Donald Trump was forced to pay it has come to light that Trump payed the Florida's Attorney General, Pam Bondi, 25 grand to shelve a lawsuit the state was preparing against Trump University.
Apparently it started when Trump got wind that Bondi's office, after receiving thousands of complaints about Trump U, was deliberating joining an investigation of alleged fraud at Trump University and it's affiliates. It was at that time he decided to drop a 25,000.00 donation into Bondi's campaign coffers.
The donation was made to a political group backing Bondi's re-election called "And Justice for All" and came from a Trump family non-profit foundation (which, by the way, Trump doesn’t contribute any of his own money to), a clear violation of rules surrounding political activities by charities. Bondi's PAC reported receiving the check Sept. 17, 2013 which was only four days after Bondi's office publicly announced she was considering joining lawsuit!
After the check cleared Bondi's office dropped the case against Trump U. citing insufficient grounds to proceed.
The quid pro quo didn't end there though.
After Bondi dropped the case Trump held a $3,000-per-person fundraiser for her at his Palm Beach resort and home Mar-a-Lago which the Republican Party of Florida paid cut rate price for as compared to what Trump usually charges.
|Here is an invitation to Donald Trump’s March 14, 2014, fundraiser for Bondi.|
Trump has previously charged his own presidential campaign roughly $140,000 per event for use of the mansion. In contrast, the Republican Party of Florida paid only $4,855.60 on March of 2014 for the Bondi fundraiser.
Here's where it gets fun.
On Monday while being interviewed by the press Donald Trump said of the donation to Bondi “I never even spoke to her about it at all" while on Tuesday Bondi claimed on Fox Business that "of course I asked Donald Trump for a contribution".
This is gonna get good.