The Trump Foundation has been at the center of numerous controversies throughout Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. For one, there were questions regarding Trump’s ability to make good on the fulfillment of large charitable promises, and then there were complaints regarding the billionaire’s dearth of financial support for the organization over the past few years. The latest controversy, however, is far larger than any of the others that have arisen over the past year.
“The Trump Foundation must immediately cease soliciting contributions or engaging in any other fund-raising activities in New York,” wrote the chief of the charities bureau within the New York Attorney General’s office. Several sources, including The Washington Post and The New York Times recently reported that the Trump Foundation does not appear on charity registers in many states and that the group most certainly lacks the proper certification to solicit funds in New York. Now, that latter complaint has transcended the media realm and has manifested itself in legal terms, as the New York Attorney General has issued a “notice of violation” to Trump’s foundation, effectively requiring it to stop raising money in the state.
According to The New York Times, “within 15 days [the foundation] must provide certain documents required to be filed by organizations that solicit contributions, including audited financial statements and annual financial reports. It also must file any “delinquent reports” for past years within that time frame.”
Failure to comply with the orders of the Attorney General will constitute “a fraud upon the people of the state of New York.” With such stakes at hand, the Trump team has already responded to the filing. “While we remain very concerned about the political motives behind A.G. Schneiderman’s investigation, the Trump Foundation nevertheless intends to cooperate fully with the investigation,” said Trump’s personal spokesperson, Hope Hicks.
The political motives to which they are referring pertain to the fact that Attorney General Schneiderman is a Hillary Clinton supporter and long-time Democrat. As such, the Trump campaign will inevitably spin this as a component of the nation’s political machine heavily rigged by the Clintons.
What do you think about this latest controversy? How might this affect Trump’s campaign?