New York attorney general sues Donald J. Trump Foundation

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced a lawsuit on June 14 against the Donald J. Trump Foundation.
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced a lawsuit on June 14 against the Donald J. Trump Foundation.
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New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced a lawsuit on June 14 against the Donald J. Trump Foundation.

New York attorney general sues Donald J. Trump Foundation

AG seeks to dissolve foundation, $2.8 million in restitution, ban on Trumps serving on nonprofit boards.
June 14, 2018

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced on June 14 a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation by alleging a pattern of “persistent illegal conduct” within the president’s eponymous charity.

The lawsuit, filed on June 14 in state Supreme Court alleges that the nonprofit has run afoul of state and federal law, including improper political activity, self-dealing and violations of fiduciary obligations. The suit seeks to dissolve the foundation and collect $2.8 million in restitution, plus damages as well as imposing a 10-year ban on Trump from serving on a nonprofit board and similar one-year bans on his children Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka.

Underwood alleges that Trump used the foundation’s assets for his own benefit, including for paying legal fees, promoting his businesses and purchasing items for personal use. Possible violations of federal law were referred to the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission, according to a press release.

“As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,” Underwood said in a statement. “This is not how private foundations should function and my office intends to hold the Foundation and its directors accountable for its misuse of charitable assets.”

Soon after the announcement, Trump responded to the lawsuit via Twitter.  
 

Zach Williams
Zach Williams
is a staff reporter at New York Nonprofit Media and sister publication City & State.
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