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Trump's Foundation Made Illegal Donation, Then Didn't Report It To The IRS

Remember when Donald Trump had the gall to slam Ted Cruz, saying he had committed a “tremendous sin” for mistakenly reporting a collateral loan to his campaign on the wrong financial disclosure?

Since Trump has claimed he knows the Bible thoroughly, he might want to ransack his “very good brain” and remember: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.

Why? Because Trump's non-profit foundation made an illegal $25,000 donation to And Justice For All, a group supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in 2013, then somehow did not report it to the IRS. What makes the matter even more interesting is that Bondi’s group received the money only days after she announced she was investigating complaints about Trump University. Bondi never pursued the Florida complaints about Trump University, instead referring them to the attorney general in New York.

Bondi endorsed Trump for president on March 14.

As a nonprofit, Trump’s foundation was forbidden to give money to political candidates.

On Monday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the IRS, asserting that the Trump Foundation didn’t report the donation on its tax returns. CREW stated, “The apparent failure to tell the IRS about this political activity makes matters worse and is something we’ve seen too many organizations doing lately.”

Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks protested that the omission was caused by a “series of unfortunate coincidences and errors,” adding that Bondi, not And Justice For All, requested the donation.

Hicks argued that a clerk for Trump’s organization received Bondi’s request, somehow thought the donation was intended for a Utah-based nonprofit with the same name, then sent the check. Hicks alleged that an accountant erred, listing the donation on its tax filing as going to another group based in Kansas called Justice for All.

Although Hicks stated, “My understanding is the foundation has been in touch with the IRS and proper adjustments are being made,” CREW Communications Director Jordan Libowitz wasn’t buying her argument, saying bluntly, “If you violated the law by accident, you still violated the law … There’s so much going on here that the IRS really needs to investigate and find out where the truth was.”

"There’s so much going on here that the IRS really needs to investigate and find out where the truth was.”

Jordan Libowitz, Communications Director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

The IRS could determine that the Trump Foundation violated its tax-exempt status.

With regard to Trump’s criticism of Cruz, alleging that the loan rates Cruz received during his 2012 Senate run were “lower than you could get, lower than anybody could get,” FactCheck.org flatly said Trump’s charges were false, stating, “In fact, the evidence shows the interest rates Cruz reported were attainable at the time.”

 
 
 

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