Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was recently asked about using his charity, the Donald J. Trump foundation, for personal uses by a reporter from WSYX in Columbus, Ohio (video below).
The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold has reported that Trump used $258,000 from the Trump foundation (as donations) to settle lawsuits and disputes over his for-profit businesses, wrote a check on $10,000 of foundation money for a painting of himself, and donated $25,000 from the foundation to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi when her office was considering a fraud investigation of Trump University (Bondi did not open an investigation).
These reports brought up the possibility of Trump violating the law by "self-dealing" with the foundation's money.
"Yeah, well, the foundation is really rare," Trump told WSYX. "It sends out money. It gives money to vets. It’s really been doing a good job. I think we put that to sleep just by putting out the last report."
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It's not clear what "report" Trump was referring to, but the Trump campaign slammed The Washington Post on Sept. 20 for "inaccuracies and omissions," but did not mention what those alleged errors were:
In typical Washington Post fashion, they’ve gotten their facts wrong. It is the Clinton Foundation that is set up to make sure the Clintons personally enrich themselves by selling access and trading political favors. The Trump Foundation has no paid board, no management fees, no rent or overhead, and no family members on its payroll.
There was not, and could not be, any intent or motive for the Trump Foundation to make improper payments. All contributions are reported to the IRS, and all Foundation donations are publicly disclosed. Mr. Trump is generous both with his money and with his time. He has provided millions of dollars to fund his Foundation and a multitude of other charitable causes.
The Post’s reporting is peppered with inaccuracies and omissions from a biased reporter who is clearly intent on distracting attention away from the corrupt Clinton Foundation, a vehicle for the Clintons to peddle influence at the expense of the American people. Mr. Trump personally and the Trump Foundation, however, are staying focused on their charitable giving to veterans, the police, children and other deserving recipients.