Donald J. Trump’s ‘charity’ foundation was just served with a cease and desist order by the New York attorney general’s office. The foundation is ordered to stop raising money in the state over its lack of proper certification.
“The Trump Foundation must immediately cease soliciting contributions or engaging in any other fundraising activities in New York,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wrote to the foundation.
The order obtained by NBC News on Monday also asks the Donald J. Trump Foundation to send any delinquent financial reports to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office within 15 days. The order is dated Sept. 30.
Schneiderman’s office opened a probe into the Republican presidential candidate’s foundation last month as multiple Washington Post reports raised questions about its use of funds. The newspaper first reported that the foundation, which has raised money from donors outside the Trump family for years, did not have the certification to do so. It also found that Trump used the foundation’s money to settle legal disputes for his for-profit businesses and buy paintings of himself.
The Washington Post reports:
Schneiderman ordered the Trump Foundation to supply the state, within 15 days, with all the legal paperwork required of charities that solicit money from the public.
In addition, Sheehan ordered that Trump’s foundation provide all the financial audit reports it should have provided in prior years, when it raised money without legal permission. He said that if Trump’s foundation did not stop its fundraising and file the proper paperwork, that would be considered “a continuing fraud upon the people of New York.”
Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement that it is concerned with the “political motivations” behind the investigation. Sure, because following laws and rules is an evil liberal plot. Because requiring Trump to follow the laws everyone else has to follow is a political attack.
“The Trump Foundation nevertheless intends to cooperate fully with the investigation. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, the Trump Foundation will not comment further at this time,” said Hicks.
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