Trump Foundation Ceases Fundraising But Needs More Time Filing Paperwork

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, in Ambridge, Pa. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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The New York Attorney General’s office Monday said that the Donald J. Trump Foundation has informed the state that it had ceased fundraising – in compliance with an order issued by the state last month – but would need more time to file paperwork detailing the money it solicited in the state, the Washington Post reported.

The attorney general’s office issued the order after it was found that the foundation had been raising outside money without being properly registered to do so under state law. A broader investigation is underway by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman after reports that the foundation engaged in other activities that appeared to be in violation of state charity law.

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.

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  1. would need more time to file paperwork detailing the money it solicited in the state

    Being that there are no records I can see why ten years of forged documentation would take awhile.

  2. “transactions known as self-dealing, for instance settling legal matters or buying self-portraits”

    He didn’t buy ‘self-portraits’ since he’s not a painter. He bought portraits that artists painted of him.

  3. Avatar for sooner sooner says:

    I’m still waiting to see all that “data” Pence said would be forthcoming within hours last week about all those lyin’ womenfolk who thrust their bodies into HO’s tiny hands

  4. the Donald J. Trump Foundation has informed the state that it had ceased fundraising…but would need more time to make up the paperwork detailing the money it solicited in the state…

    FIFY

  5. Big story (unless I’ve been duped) with no other place to put it. Sorry for posting here.

    Apparently Ecuador may have shut off Assange’s internet over a new UN lawsuit that alleges only 3 weeks ago Assange sent vastly inappropriate communications and pictures with an 8 year old girl sailing through waters near the Bahamas. The suit alleges that he requested similar photo’s back from her. When confronted by the dating site, Assange threatened to completely shut them down if they disclosed it.

    Here is the link. It is a link to a UN Member’s report: https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:ruXBSKQHQtYJ:https://www.unglobalcompact.org/system/attachments/cop_2016/322211/original/ToddandClare.com_United_Nations_GC_Member_Report_COP_1042016.pdf%3F1475591336+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

    Here are two paragraphs (from page 7):

    1. On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, ToddandClare.com’s Trust & Safety team was contacted by the father of an 8-year-old juvenile regarding a criminal investigation by the Royal Bahamas Police Force that contexts serious child sex offenses against the man’s young daughter. The juvenile is the younger sister of a 22-year-old adult female ToddandClare.com user.

    2. Our understanding is that the RBPF Investigation (RBPF Reference: Sgt Ferguson 1705 RBPF Thompson Boulevard) is being handled by a specialist child protection unit of the Bahamas police authorities and relates to the child exploitation of an 8-year-old juvenile in Nassau, Bahamas using electronic/internet methods; prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor; child pornography production; and the luring of a minor online for sex, by Mr Julian Assange, who we understand has been identified from chatlogs

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