The latest sign that the Donald Trump Foundation was operating outside the norms of typical non-profits comes in a new Washington Post report published Thursday pointing out that the charity solicited outside contributions without being properly registered to do so, under New York state law.
Tax returns from 2014 and earlier show that charity was registered as an "EPTL" under the state's Estates, Powers and Trusts Law. That wasn't a problem in the charity's early years, when Trump was the only donor. But starting in the mid-aughts, the foundation began receiving outside contributions, which under New York law, requires a "7A" registration. The certification puts the charity under a stricter regulatory regime and requires that it submit annual audits by outside auditors, the Post said.
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