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.”
BREAKING: We’ve secured a court order forcing President Trump to pay $2M in damages after admitting to illegally using the Trump Foundation to help him intervene in the 2016 presidential election and further his own political interests.— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) November 7, 2019
No one is above the law.
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.
On September 8, 2016, @TheDemCoalition uncovered evidence that indisputably proved the Trump Foundation participated in official political activities on behalf of Trump’s campaign. That is a crime. We immediately reported it to the IRS and submitted a formal complaint to the DoJ. pic.twitter.com/p1b074Dl20— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) November 7, 2019
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.
While we're all talking about Trump being fined for using his "charity" to help his election and self-serve, here's Charity Watch's rating for the Clinton Foundation.— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) November 7, 2019
Shock: @ClintonFdn is A-rated legitimate while the Trump Foundation was a scam.https://t.co/cZ1n7n7C9V pic.twitter.com/TXOrqj1LiI
“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.