The Donald J. Trump Foundation Is Under Investigation

September 13th 2016

Kyle Jaeger

The Donald J. Trump Foundation is under investigation amid reports that the Republican presidential nominee's nonprofit organization has engaged in improper activities, Politico reported.


New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman confirmed on Tuesday that he has opened an investigation. The goal of the investigation is "to make sure it's complying with the laws governing charities in New York," Schneiderman said.

Here's what Schneiderman said during an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper.

"My interest in this issue really is in my capacity as regulator of nonprofits in New York state. And we have been concerned that the Trump Foundation may have engaged in some impropriety from that point of view. And we've inquired into it, and we've had correspondence with them. I didn't make a big deal out of it or hold a press conference."

Trump's campaign has repeatedly raised questions about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's own nonprofit, the Clinton Foundation, and its ties to foreign leaders. But the Donald J. Trump Foundation has come under scrutiny as well: The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold recently reported that Trump has not given any money to his foundation since 2008 — instead relying on contributions from other donors for its philanthropic activities — and raised questions about possible illegal activity.

  • The foundation may have violated Internal Revenue Service rules by using money to make a $25,000 gift to Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi in 2013 just as she was deciding whether to pursue a case against Trump University. (She decided not to.)
  • Money from the foundation also seems to have been used to buy personal items for Trump, "including a $12,000 football helmet and a $20,000 portrait of Trump — despite IRS rules against 'self-dealing' by charity leaders," the Post reported.

The Trump campaign has not made any public statements about the New York investigation.

ATTN: reached out to the Trump campaign for comment and will update this story when we get a response.