Election 2016

New York AG Orders the Trump Foundation to Stop Fundraising

Written by SK Ashby

Recent reporting by David Fahrenholtd at the Washington Post has finally caught up with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Fahrenholdt reported last week that Trump's foundation isn't even registered to accept donations and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has now ordered the foundation to cease and desist.

James Sheehan, head of the attorney general’s charities bureau, sent the “notice of violation” to the Donald J. Trump Foundation on Friday, according to a copy of the notice provided by the press office of state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D). [...]

According to tax records, Trump’s foundation has subsisted entirely on donations from others since 2008, when Trump gave his last personal donation. This year, the Trump Foundation made its most wide-ranging request for donations yet: It set up a public website, donaldtrumpforvets.com, to gather donations that Trump said would be passed on to veterans’ groups.

Trump's foundation has been entirely dependent on donations since 2008 but, as far as we know, it has never been registered to accept donations. The foundation was funded primarily by Trump himself when it was first created in 1988, but it was not registered to accept donations from others when he personally stopped donating to it.

Because the foundation was never registered to accept donations, it has never been audited.

This is only the beginning.

Trump is still the president of his foundation and it operates out of Trump Tower where his campaign headquarters is also located. Trump's campaign has responded by casting doubt on the possible "political motivations" of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.