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Trump Ordered To Pay $2 Million For Using His Foundation To Further Political Interests

A New York judge ruled today that Donald Trump has to hand over $2 million because he admitted to using his Trump Foundation to help his 2016 campaign and generally further his political interests. The foundation is being dissolved, and the money will go to a number of charities. Additionally, Trump’s kids, particularly Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump, will be forced to “undergo compulsory training to ensure this type of illegal activity never takes place again.”

Justice Saliann Scarpulla wrote in her judgment that the foundation’s money “was used for Mr. Trump’s political campaign and disbursed by Mr. Trump’s campaign staff.” She says that the money eventually reached veterans, but using charity funds for a presidential campaign is still a big no-no.

“The court’s decision, together with the settlements we negotiated, are a major victory in our efforts to protect charitable assets and hold accountable those who would abuse charities for personal gain,” said New York Attorney General Letitia James. Her office filed the case.

The Trump Foundation has also agreed to distribute its remaining funds after being dissolved to various charities, including Army Emergency Relief, Children’s Aid Society, Citymeals-on-Wheels, Give an Hour, Martha’s Table, United Negro College Fund, United Way of National Capital Area, and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The foundation had already been forced to dissolve last December after similar charges were filed by then-New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood. This ruling should be the last we hear of the shady foundation.

“Today’s settlement of the suit brought by the New York Attorney General’s Office is a fitting and poetic end to this scandal,” said Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Executive Director Noah Bookbinder.