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Trump Foundation given cease and desist order for violations of law

Original post made by Brooks, Menlo Park: Downtown, on Oct 3, 2016

Does it ever end with the scandals for Trump? One after another after another.

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Posted by Real Rich Clear Politics
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Oct 4, 2016 at 9:48 am

Real Clear Politics loks at the Trump Foundation and finds more violations - clear quid pro quo by Trump in courting votes tears before announcing:

"“He was never heavy-handed about any quid pro quo,” Smith said.

But Trump delivered.

“It was a quiet donation that came with a simple cover letter,” Smith said. It read: “Great meeting with you and your wife in my office,” dated May 6, 2011. Enclosed was a check for $10,000 from the Donald J. Trump Foundation.

That check is one of at least several donations to suggest Trump used his private foundation, funded by outside donors, to launch and fuel his political ambitions. Such contributions, if they were made solely for Trump’s benefit, could violate federal self-dealing laws for private foundations."

"There’s a mistake somewhere,” Rosemary Fei, a partner at the Adler & Colvin law firm in San Francisco, who specializes in charity law, told RCP. “It might be a really substantive mistake, or it could just be a reporting error or sloppiness. But improper reporting is still a violation of tax law. That’s something the IRS would look at.”

Even in instances where the Trump Foundation probably did not violate charity tax law, the foundation's transactions paint a picture of how Trump made inroads with the social conservative movement -- which had reason to be skeptical of the flashy New York billionaire -- as he laid the ground work for his campaign for the GOP nomination.

The RCP report comes as the Trump Foundation is under investigation by the New York Attorney General's office, which ordered last week that it cease its fundraising activities because it lacked the proper certification to solicit contributions. Trump himself stopped donating to the foundation after 2008, according to tax filings, and its coffers have since been filled outside contributors."

Are we supposed to believve thsi Brilliant Business Man who is Yuge with the tax law is simply making one mistake after another?

Or is it criminal?

In this case the answer appears to be "Yes" - both stupid AND criminal.

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