Thursday, September 15, 2016

A 'mistake'? Yeah, right

The $25,000 donation Donald Trump's charity made the campaign of Florida attorney general Pam Bondi was characterized as a 'mistake'.

Trump camp issues rare admission of error:  charity donation to Florida AG was a 'mistake'

"Aides to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said this week that his charitable foundation made a mistake when it donated $25,000 to a political committee backing Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, a potential violation of federal rules prohibiting charities from aiding political candidates.
The donation to Bondi’s group by Trump’s foundation, a charity that the billionaire businessman created in the 1980s, was controversial because it came as Bondi was reviewing whether to investigate fraud allegations against Trump University, a real-estate-seminar business affiliated with the front-runner..
Jordan Libowitz, a CREW spokeswoman, said that the IRS “needs to investigate and determine where the truth lies.” “It appears they gave an illegal political donation, told the IRS they didn’t give a political donation, claimed it was made to a similarly named permissible group instead — and now they’re saying it’s an error?” Libowitz said."

Florida AG asked Trump for donation before nixing fraud case

"Florida's attorney general personally solicited a political contribution from Donald Trump around the same time her office deliberated joining an investigation of alleged fraud at Trump University and its affiliates

The new disclosure from Attorney General Pam Bondi's spokesman to The Associated Press on Monday provides additional details around the unusual circumstances of Trump's $25,000 donation to Bondi.

The money came from a Trump family foundation in apparent violation of rules surrounding political activities by charities. A political group backing Bondi's re-election, called And Justice for All, reported receiving the check Sept. 17, 2013 — four days after Bondi's office publicly announced she was considering joining a New York state probe of Trump University's activities, according to a 2013 report in the Orlando Sentinel.

After the check came in, Bondi's office nixed suing Trump, citing insufficient grounds to proceed."

Calling this a 'mistake' is simply not credible.

Back story:

Trump and the Republican Party are doing Big Oil's bidding

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