With less than 40 days until Nov. 8, Election Day, many factors can factor into whether voters stick with their presidential nominee of choice or switch to another one based on breaking stories that reveal who their candidate is and how they really operate.
The big story on Friday comes via an article in The Washington Post that documents the fact—according to the state attorney general’s office—that Republican presidential nominee Donald John Trump’s charitable foundation, headquartered in New York City, has never obtained the certification that the State of New York requires before charities can solicit money from the public.
WaPo reporter David A. Fahrenthold investigated Mr. Trump’s charitable foundation and found that any charity that solicits more than $25,000 a year from the public must obtain a special kind of registration beforehand. “Charities as large as Trump’s must also submit to a rigorous annual audit that asks — among other things — whether the charity spent any money for the personal benefit of its officers,” he wrote.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D), Fahrenthold learned, could order Donald Trump’s charitable foundation, with the court’s permission, to stop raising money immediately, and maybe force Mr. Trump to return money that his foundation has already raised, if money raised was done so in violation of the law.
The State of New York may not be the only state where Trump’s charitable efforts are not registered. A search for a charitable organization at the Ohio Attorney General’s website with Trump’s name in the title produces only one organization: Silver Trumpets, Inc. Clearly not a Trump organization.
Plunderbund asked Attorney General Mike DeWine’s communication staff whether the information was correct or if they knew of any charitable solicitations undertaken by Donald Trump in Ohio? PB did not receive a reply from General DeWine’s office.
Donald Trump, who made a big deal of saying he was the “law and order” candidate, appears all to ready to evade laws if the order of the day is to make money for him and his company, regardless of whether laws allow it or not.