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Trump Foundation Woes: That $10K Portrait Didn't Help - Page 2

Charity is shutting down, but New York state lawsuit continues
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2018 10:25 AM CST
Updated Dec 18, 2018 2:34 PM CST

  • Biggest, smallest: The Post also has details on the biggest and smallest donations made by the foundation, both in 1989. The organization gave a $264,231 gift to the Central Park Conservancy, but that seemed to benefit Trump's business: It was for the restoration of a fountain outside Trump's Plaza Hotel. The same year, the foundation gave $7 to the Boy Scouts. That's how much it cost to enroll Donald Jr., then 11, in the group.
  • Political example: Underwood alleges that the foundation essentially acted as an arm of the Trump campaign in 2016, reports the New York Times, and it provides an example. That year, campaign chief Corey Lewandowski wrote the foundation's treasurer days ahead of the presidential caucuses in Iowa with a request to "make some disbursements" in the state.
  • Trump's vow: Back in June, when the lawsuit surfaced, the president blamed "sleazy New York Democrats" for unfairly going after his foundation. "I won't settle this case!" he tweeted. Foundation attorney Futerfas, meanwhile, said the foundation had distributed about $19 million, including $8.25 million of Trump’s own money, to more than 700 charities over the last decade, with “virtually zero” expenses, per the Wall Street Journal.
  • Now what: The foundation has $1.75 million left, and it will be distributed to other charities under the oversight of Underwood and a state judge. Underwood is seeking restitution of $2.8 million, and she wants to bar Trump and his three oldest children from serving on the boards of other charities.
(Read more Donald J. Trump Foundation stories.)

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