I know this shouldn’t be a surprise, but still, I am surprised by the brazenness of what Trump does…what he believes he can get away with.
From The Washington Post:
Donald Trump spent more than a quarter-million dollars from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits that involved the billionaire’s for-profit businesses, according to interviews and a review of legal documents.
Those cases, which together used $258,000 from Trump’s charity, were among four newly documented expenditures in which Trump may have violated laws against “self-dealing” — which prohibit nonprofit leaders from using charity money to benefit themselves or their businesses.
In one case, from 2007, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club faced $120,000 in unpaid fines from the town of Palm Beach, Fla., resulting from a dispute over the size of a flagpole.
In a settlement, Palm Beach agreed to waive those fines — if Trump’s club made a $100,000 donation to a specific charity for veterans. Instead, Trump sent a check from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a charity funded almost entirely by other people’s money, according to tax records.
In another case, court papers say one of Trump’s golf courses in New York agreed to settle a lawsuit by making a donation to the plaintiff’s chosen charity. A $158,000 donation was made by the Trump Foundation, according to tax records.
In a nutshell, Trump used OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY to pay off his own personal debts. This man is a BILLIONAIRE. Yes, how large of a billionaire is still in question, but regardless, the man is loaded.
This, however, is in keeping with Trump using Trump Foundation money for a political donation to Florida’s Attorney General and to buy a portrait of him for his personal use. These all are covered by the IRS regulations prohibiting “self dealing” by charitable organizations.