While Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi decided to drop the state’s investigation of Trump University after receiving a $25,000 donation from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s foundation, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman did not drop his investigation.
Not coincidentally, Trump’s foundation handed $100,000 over to Citizens United chairman David Bossie who used the money to fight Attorney General Schneiderman in court.
A review of tax returns filed by the Trump Foundation shows that the 2014 donation to Bossie’s Citizens United Foundation was by far the largest it gave to any organization that year, substantially exceeding its contributions to more traditional charities, such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (which got $50,000), the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute ($25,000) and the Police Athletic League ($25,000).
It was also the first time the Citizens United Foundation had ever received funding from Trump’s charity.
Bossie’s lawsuit, which sought to prevent Schneiderman from requiring nonprofits like Trump’s foundation to disclose their donors to the New York State Charities Bureau, was dismissed by a federal judge.
Here’s another thing that’s not a coincidence: David Bossie is now Trump’s deputy campaign manager.
To refer to Trump’s foundation as a “charity” is absurd. It’s not clear if what he’s done is even legal. The foundation was forced to pay a fine for the donation to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, but this is another matter entirely. Non-profits are required to spend a majority of their funds on actual charity. Funding legal campaigns against your opponents is not charity.
If Trump is not the most corrupt man to ever run for president, I don’t know who is.