A spokesman for Schneiderman would not comment on the timeframe of the extension, or whether the new deadline would be before or after the election. In the letter sent Sept. 30, the agency requested the foundation submit annual financial reports for every year it was fundraising outside money without the proper certification, which, according to a Washington Post report, it has done for at least the last decade.
Had the foundation been properly registered to solicit outside donations, it would have been required to undergo annual audits by an independent auditor, who would have maybe noticed the other activities the foundation has engaged in over the years that are now being raised as possible legal violations. Among other things, it appears Trump used foundation money for transactions known as self-dealing, for instance settling legal matters or buying self-portraits that benefitted him or his businesses, rather than the charity. Self-dealing is a major no-no in the charity world, and legal experts say its rare to see a foundation engaged in such acts as frequently and blatantly as Trump's did.