Trump: Rally Raised $6M for Veterans

He says he chipped in $1M at Iowa event
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2016 1:00 AM CST
Trump: Rally Raised $6M for Veterans
Rick Santorum speaks at a campaign event for Donald Trump on the campus of Drake University Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Donald Trump says his Thursday night charity rally for veterans was a big success—and not just because it had "more cameras" than the Fox debate. After the Drake University event—which the Guardian likens to an old-time vaudeville show with entertainers replaced by veterans and Rick Santorum—Trump announced that it had raised $6 million for injured veterans, including $1 million of his own money, the Hill reports. "We raised $6,000,000.00 while the politicians talked," tweeted Trump, referring to the GOP debate that took place just a few miles away from his Iowa rally.

His campaign has provided a list of organizations that will receive the money, reports the Guardian, which notes that according to a recent Forbes analysis, just $57,000 of the $5.5 million the Donald J. Trump Foundation donated to 298 charities over four years went to groups that help wounded veterans. Before the debate, Fox issued a statement saying that Trump had demanded a $5 million charity donation in return for appearing, and it "explained that was not possible and we could not engage in a quid pro quo, nor could any money change hands for any reason." (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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