Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Other People’s Money

David Farenthold at the Washington Post is on the case.

Donald Trump spent more than a quarter-million dollars from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits that involved the billionaire’s for-profit businesses, according to interviews and a review of legal documents.

Those cases, which together used $258,000 from Trump’s charity, were among four newly documented expenditures in which Trump may have violated laws against “self-dealing” — which prohibit nonprofit leaders from using charity money to benefit themselves or their businesses.

In one case, from 2007, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club faced $120,000 in unpaid fines from the town of Palm Beach, Fla., resulting from a dispute over the height of a flagpole.

In a settlement, Palm Beach agreed to waive those fines — if Trump’s club made a $100,000 donation to a specific charity for veterans. Instead, Trump sent a check from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a charity funded almost entirely by other people’s money, according to tax records.

If Hillary Clinton bought a latte from Starbucks with Clinton Foundation petty cash, her campaign would be over.

But this is how Donald Trump operates.  He’s been running the big con since he got his first million from his dad and has been using other people — and their money — ever since.

PS: I could make some fun about a guy trying to win a dispute over the size of his pole, but I’m not twelve.