Trump Camp Says Charity Foundation’s Donation To Florida AG Was A Mistake

Donald Trump’s aides told The Washington Post this week that it was a mistake for the Republican presidential frontrunner’s charity foundation to donate money to a political committee supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

The donation could violate federal rules preventing charities from giving to political committees, the Post reported.

The Donald J. Trump Foundation did not list its 2013 donation of $25,000 to the pro-Bondi organization, “And Justice For All,” in its tax filings last year, according to the report. The foundation did list a $25,000 gift to “Justice For All,” but that organization, which is a Kansas nonprofit, told the Post it didn’t receive any money from Trump.

Trump’s campaign spokeswoman, as well as his foundation’s treasurer, told the newspaper that they were alerted to the mistake when Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a left-leaning group, filed a complaint to the IRS.

“All these years, we had no idea anything happened,” Allen Weisselberg, the foundation’s treasurer, told the newspaper. He added that Trump’s accountants would “straighten it out” with the IRS on Tuesday.

The foundation’s donation was made while Bondi considered pursuing fraud violations related to Trump University. She never did. Bondi also endorsed Trump for the presidency earlier this month.

“From what I’m told, they had a typographical mistake on the return. . . . Somehow, someone who typed up the return for that year, put Justice For All,” Weisselberg told the Post.

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