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New York Attorney General Looks Into Trump Foundation

| by Ray Brown
New York Attorney General Eric SchneidermanNew York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Many questions have been raised about the Clinton Foundation this election cycle, but now New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced his office is "looking into" the Trump Foundation, the charitable foundation started by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

"My interest in this issue really is in my capacity as regulator of nonprofits in New York state," Schneiderman, a Democrat, told CNN. "And we have been concerned that the Trump Foundation may have engaged in some impropriety from that point of view."

He added: "We have been looking into the Trump Foundation to make sure it's complying with the laws that govern charities in New York."

Schneiderman did not give specifics of what, if any, wrongdoing the Trump Foundation might be suspected of.

The announcement of an inquiry comes after reports that Trump donated $25,000 in 2013 to Republican Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was allegedly investigating the beleaguered Trump University, the for-profit college owned by Trump.

Charges were never brought forth against Trump University in Florida, but Bondi denied her office ever investigated the college.

"I [was] never, nor was my office, investigating him. Never. I would never lie. I would never take money. I've been obviously devastated over this," Bondi told the Tampa Bay Times in June.

Nonetheless, Democrats have leveled the accusation that Trump has paid off government officials for preferential treatment and made the Bondi donation a pivotal part of that line of attack.

Trump and Schneiderman have a history.

In 2010, Schneiderman accepted a $12,500 donation from Trump.

In 2013, when Schneiderman was looking into Trump University complaints, Trump accused the New York attorney general of trying to shake him -- along with his daughter, Ivanka Trump -- down for more campaign donations.

Trump went so far as filing an ethics complaint, but it was later thrown out by the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics, reported Newsday.

Sources: CNN, Tampa Bay Times, The New York Times, Newsday/ Photo credit: U.S. Department of Justice

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