WaPo: Trump Used His Charity To Buy $12,000 Helmet Signed By Tebow

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In 2012, Donald Trump used money from one of his charities to drop $12,000 on a Denver Broncos football helmet and jersey signed by Tim Tebow, then the team’s quarterback, according to a Washington Post report.

Trump bid on the item at a fundraiser in Palm Beach, Florida, for the Susan G. Komen organization, as the Palm Beach Post detailed at the time.

However, the Susan G. Komen organization received payment for the helmet and jersey from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, not the real estate mogul himself. Trump was the foundation’s president, but he had not donated to the charity for three years preceding the purchase, according to the Post.

As the Washington Post noted, the astute businessman bought the signed items at the height of Tebow mania. Comparable items now sell for $415 online.

It’s not clear whether Trump purchased the items for himself or for another charity event. But if Trump did keep the items, he may have broken IRS rules aimed at keeping people from helping themselves with money from their charity, according to the Washington Post.

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