New York’s attorney general is investigating the Eric Trump Foundation after reports surfaced that it secretly gave the charity money to the Donald J. Trump Foundation to use on his father’s golf courses.
Forbes broke the story earlier this week that President Trump funneled $100,000 worth of donations originally intended for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital from his son’s charities into the Trump Organization.
“The attorney general’s office is looking into the issues raised by this report,” said Eric Soufer, the communications director for New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is already investigating the Donald J. Trump Foundation for other suspected fraudulent activities.
Forbes estimated that over $500,000 worth of charity money over the last 10 years has been redistributed to other charities, some of which have connections to the Trump family and at least four of which later paid to hold charity golf tournaments at Trump golf courses.
Trump said in December that he intended to dissolve his charity, allegedly to avoid a conflict-of-interest as president. Schneiderman did not allow this, however, saying through his spokeswoman that “The Trump Foundation is still under investigation by this office and cannot legally dissolve until that investigation is complete.”
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