The New York Attorney General has sent a cease and desist letter to the Trump Foundation for allegedly operating without proper certification. The letter dictates that the Donald J. Trump Foundation must “immediately cease soliciting contributions.”
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent Donald Trump’s charity a notice that he had not acquired proper certification to solicit contributions in New York State and has not been registered with the Charities Bureau.
In January, Trump held a veterans event as counterprogramming to a primary debate. He collected $1.67 million in contributinos which were funneled into the Trump Foundation. This is not permitted given the lack of certification in the foundation’s state of origin.
Schneiderman’s investigation of the foundation began with questions about a potentially illegal contribution from the foundation to Attorney General Pam Bondi, for which Trump later paid a fine to the Internal Revenue Service. The foundation was subsequently found to be engaging in what could be construed as self-dealing, in which Trump used money in the foundation to pay personal legal fees.
A lawyer representing Trump did not immediately return a request for comment but campaign spokesperson, Hope Hicks dismissed the letter as being imbued with “political motives.”