In 2007, the town of Palm Beach, Fla., allowed Donald Trump to settle a legal dispute over a flagpole on his property with charitable donations.
The funds used came from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a charitable foundation funded almost entirely by other people’s money, according to tax records:
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.
The Palm Beach case wasn't the only dispute settled in this fashion. He did something similar over a case involving one of his golf courses in New York, as well as using money from his foundation to purchase a portrait of himself for $20,000.
This, of course, is in addition to his Foundation giving donations to Attorneys General in states looking into Trump University, like Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi, who made the decision not to investigate Trump U soon after she received the money.
The media has been doggedly pursuing The Clinton Foundation hoping to find cases of wrongdoing that never existed, yet only one national journalist has extensively looked into the Trump Foundation, and found several. I would strongly suggest readers look into