Ethics

Trump’s Fake Charity is Shutting Down

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

NBC News first reported last night that Trump's fake non-profit charity, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, will be permanently shut down.

Why? Well, because it was all bullshit.

More specifically, Trump's fake charity has been credibly accused of self-dealing and has been under investigation by the New York Attorney General's office for the past year.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the foundation confirmed that it is being shuttered. "The Foundation continues to cooperate with the New York Attorney General’s Charities Division, and as previously announced by the President, his advisers are working with the Charities Division to wind up the affairs of the Foundation. The Foundation looks forward to distributing its remaining assets at the earliest possible time to aid numerous worthy charitable organizations."

The attorney general's press secretary, Amy Spitalnick, said the foundation can't close just yet, however. "As the foundation is still under investigation by this office, it cannot legally dissolve until that investigation is complete," said Spitalnick.

It seems reasonable to say the state investigation would not exist and Trump's fake charity would continue to operate today if not for the excellent, Pulitzer-level reporting of David Fahrenthold at the Washington Post.

Fahrenthold meticulously investigated every charitable claim or pledge Trump has ever made and he found that the foundation almost never pays out. He also found that Trump's foundation spent significant amounts of money on memorabilia, such as an autographed Tim Tebow football helmet and large portraits of Trump himself, for his own amusement.

Perhaps the most galling lapse of ethics uncovered were Trump's pledges to various groups of veterans during the 2016 election that the foundation only fulfilled after people noticed that he never actually paid them.

Trump himself hasn't donated to his foundation in nearly 10 years, instead relying on donations from others which he used to furnish his own lifestyle. You might say he's still doing that today, but with taxpayer dollars.

Trump's allies are going to say this shows he's serious about avoiding conflicts of interest, but I think you'd have to be a fool to believe this is happening for any reason other than the ongoing investigation.

  • David Greenberg

    When do we get to hear the cries “crooked Donnie” and “lock him up”. Ten years ago would have been too soon. You can just imagine how much of this shit goes on undetected. Only the fact that this asshole has become president is causing these scams to come to light. I’ll bet on some level he regrets being president. Naaaa, that’s giving him too much credit for self awareness.

  • Badgerite

    And when is his Fake Presidency going to shut down?

    • muselet

      When the investigation is complete, of course. ;^)

      –alopecia

      • Badgerite

        Can’t happen soon enough for me.

  • muselet

    The conversation between Donald Trump and the lawyers back in 1988, when he first set up his sham foundation, must have been a hoot and a half.

    “Wait, wait. You’re telling me I have to fund this thing with my own money and then give it to other people?

    “Well, that’s what it has to look like to the outside world, sir. Play your cards right and you won’t have to give out more than a few thousand dollars.”

    “And pocket the rest? I like it. And I get to call it a charitable foundation, too, just like the other rich guys. Get started on it right away, and on your way out, see what’s taking so long getting me my Quarter Pounder and apple pie.”

    The results of the NY AG’s investigation should be very interesting.

    –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    For the rest of the media to have totally ignored this absolute sham of a ‘charitable’ foundation during the campaign was utterly devoid of any journalistic integrity or standards. They spent more time on a foundation that saved the lives of 11 million aids victims in the world annually and that is one of the highest rated charities for transparency and effectiveness than on this absolute fraud of a money grubbing machine known as the trump foundation. This typifies what happened and the absolute abandonment of a any kind of fair standards in reporting during the campaign of 2016.

  • Georgie

    Trump himself hasn’t donated to his foundation in nearly 10 years,
    instead relying on donations from others which he used to furnish his
    own lifestyle.
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