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Donald Trump pays $2 million to charity, ending the Trump Foundation saga Donald Trump pays $2 million to charity, ending the Trump Foundation saga

Bronze medal Reporter adv.Reshmamol Posted 11 Dec 2019
Donald Trump pays $2 million to charity, ending the Trump Foundation saga

ALBANY, N.Y. – President Donald Trump paid a total of $2 million to charity as part of an agreement to end a lawsuit accusing him and his family of illegally mismanaging his charitable foundation.

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday that Trump made good on the payment to eight different charities, which was the last outstanding term of a settlement agreement with James' office. The lawsuit, originally filed in June 2018, accused Trump and his three eldest children of using the Donald J. Trump Foundation to advance his self-interests and boost his presidential campaign, in part by allowing Trump's campaign staff to orchestrate and run a televised fundraiser for veterans' organizations in Iowa in 2016.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla ordered the personal $2 million payment from the president last month after Trump and the Attorney General's Office reached agreement on other major aspects of the deal to dissolve the lawsuit. The charities received an additional $1.8 million from the Trump Foundation, which included about $11,000 Trump repaid the charity for sports memorabilia and champagne it purchased.

James' office and Trump's attorney filed paperwork with the court Tuesday officially discontinuing the lawsuit."Charities are not a means to an end, which is why these damages speak to the president’s abuse of power and represent a victory for not-for-profits that follow the law," James, a Democrat, said in a statement. "Funds have finally gone where they deserve – to eight credible charities."Trump and his children agreed to dissolve the charity as part of the settlement.In 2016, the Trump campaign held the veterans' fundraiser in Des Moines, Iowa, as counterprogramming to a Republican presidential debate he declined to participate in.

The fundraiser was run and orchestrated by Trump's campaign staff, according to New York's lawsuit, which was filed by Barbara Underwood, James' predecessor as attorney general.The Trump Foundation was registered in New York, which prohibits charities from participating in political events.The lawsuit accused the Trump Foundation board of being largely nonexistent, failing to hold a meeting since 1999 and allowing Trump to determine when and where contributions were made.

Several times, the foundation paid six-figure sums to other foundations to settle legal issues at Mar-a-Lago and Trump's other clubs in violation of state and federal law.Trump criticized the attorney general's lawsuit last month, calling it "politically motivated harassment." He has repeatedly clashed with the Attorney General's Office.

"All they found was incredibly effective philanthropy and some small technical violations," Trump tweeted.

The eight charities on the receiving end of Trump's payment are the Army Emergency Relief, the Children’s Aid Society, Citymeals on Wheels, Give an Hour, Martha’s Table, the United Negro College Fund, the United Way of National Capital Area and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.Each received $476,140.


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