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How Does He Get Away With It?

Published on December 24th, 2019

President Donald Trump just admitted in the course of paying $2 million in court-ordered damages to resolve accusations that he and his family stole from charities. Wow.  Here are just some of the incredible admissions.

1. When he had the Trump 2020 campaign illegally place the Trump Foundation’s name on promotional materials and ceremonial checks related to a fundraiser that he, as a candidate, held for military veterans in January 2016. The Trump Foundation as a charity can’t participate in political campaigns.

2. When he used $100,000 of the Trump Foundation’s money—which was raised from other people—to settle a zoning dispute that his home was having with the city of Palm Beach, Florida.

3. When he used $157,820 of the Trump Foundation’s money to settle a legal dispute with a man who’d won a $1 million hole-in-one prize during an event held by another charity at a Trump golf course in New York.

4. When he used $25,000 of the charity’s money to make a donation to a political group that supported then–Florida attorney general Pam Bondi at the same time that Bondi was considering whether to sue “Trump University” for defrauding its “students.” Bondi did not but other attorneys general did, which led to another multimillion-dollar fraud settlement that Trump paid since taking office. Blondie Bondi now works for the White House as a special adviser to Trump on matters related to impeachment.  Do they understand irony?

5. When he used the Trump Foundation to pay $5,000 to put an advertisement for the Trump International Hotel in D.C. into a program distributed at another charity’s fundraising event.

6. When he used $10,000 of the Trump Foundation’s money to buy a painting of himself that he hung inside his Doral resort in Miami.

7. When he used $32,000 of the Trump Foundation’s money to pay “stewardship” costs for a piece of property in Westchester County, New York, that he’d donated to a land preservation group (but only after attempting unsuccessfully to build a golf course and luxury housing on it).

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