States May Follow In Cracking Down On Trump Foundation

| by Nik Bonopartis

Donald Trump's charitable activities throughout the U.S. could be halted after New York's attorney general told the organization to stop fundraising.

The Trump Foundation is not registered as a charitable organization in New York, a state that requires charities to register with the Attorney General's office, provide by-laws and internal rules of the charity for review, apply for tax-exempt status and provide financial documents.

On Sept. 30, the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent a "notice of violation" to the Trump Foundation, ordering it to stop soliciting donations, according to The New York Times.

A Sept. 23 report by the newspaper noted that Trump's charity isn't registered in several other states, and a charity expert told the Daily Beast that attorney generals in those states could tell Trump's foundation to stop operating until it's properly registered.

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“It’s a teachable moment for people to understand the charity registration rules, so other AGs may ask for registration," said Daniel Borochoff, the president of Charity Watch, according to the Daily Beast.

While Trump's organization hasn't filled out the proper paperwork, the Eric Trump Foundation, belonging to his son, does meet all the requirements to fundraise in New York. Aaron Dorfman, president of the National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy, said there's no excuse for the elder Trump's foundation to operate without registering.

“A large, sophisticated organization like the Trump Foundation, with millions of dollars flowing through, ought to have known better and should have complied with the law,” Dorfman said.

Sources: The Daily Beast, The New York Times (2) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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