In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper Schneiderman said he was looking into the charity...
"we have been looking into the Trump Foundation to make sure it's complying with the laws governing charities in New York."
The inquiry follows reports that Trump hasn't contributed to the foundation since 2008 and has now taken to donating money taken in by the foundation and making it look as though it is coming from him. When asked by the Washington Post tax experts said they had rarely heard of anything like what Trump had done, converting another donor’s gift into his own.
To make things look even shadier his biggest donors have not wanted to say why they gave their own money, when Trump was giving none of his. Perhaps a little pay to play going on.. Who's to say?
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In addition to using the foundation as a slush fund Trump also uses it to buy personal items for himself. Famously he dropped $20,000 of the foundations money, which was earmarked for charity, to purchase a (pictured above) 6-foot-tall portrait of himself.
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What really set off alarm bells in the New York Attorney General's Charities Bureau, which oversees regulating nonprofits in the state, was the $25,000 donation/bribe the Trump Foundation made in September 2013 to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. The amount was personally solicited from Trump by Bondi after she announced the state would join a lawsuit against Trump University. Bondi shelved the lawsuit upon receiving the "donation".
After news of the inquiry broke last night the alway classy Jason Miller, senior communications adviser, said this of the AG’s investigation…
"Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is a partisan hack who has turned a blind eye to the Clinton Foundation for years and has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. This is nothing more than a left-wing hit job designed to distract from Crooked Hillary Clinton's disastrous week."
That should help smooth things out.
In addition to this inquiry New York Attorney General Schneiderman has also filed a $40 million civil lawsuit claiming students were ripped off by the now-defunct Trump University.