Discussion: WaPo Details How Trump Used His Charity To Give Away Other People’s Money

GOP: Billionaires(supposedly) re-gifting to each other at tax-payers expense is great for the economy and it creates jobs.


Trump won a Palm Tree Award for charity from the police foundation at a 2010 ceremony held at his Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago Club, which he charged the group to rent.

A relevant nugget from the WaPo story:
"It’s unclear how much was paid in 2010, but the police foundation reported in its tax filings that it rented Mar-a-Lago in 2014 for $276,463."


This is beyond the election, this is criminal activity, along with all of Donnie’s other scandals.

Somewhere there has to be an honest attorney general at the State level to get things rolling?.


I like that “both-sides-do-it” last paragraph of the article. Trump is being criticized for using his foundation to get good things for himself (whether objects, publicity, or immunity from prosecution) at others’ expense; Clinton is being criticized for using her foundation to help people, but with the money coming from the “wrong” people.


Trump frequently solicited donations to his foundation from other charities and allies, including World Wrestling Entertainment executives Vince and Linda McMahon. He then gave that money away to charitable causes under his foundation’s name, according to the report published Saturday.

Though it would explain that [Wrestlemania][1] appearance that didn’t do anyone (including Vince’s scalp) any favors, I wonder if anyone from the Post called either Vince or [Stephanie][2] about this matter…

Other practices detailed in the Post story include Trump spending thousands of the foundation’s dollars on gifts for himself, including a six-foot-tall painting of the real estate mogul

one more time…

[1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WrestleMania_23
[2]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephanie_McMahon



Tax records obtained by the Post show that Trump, who claims to be worth $10 billion, has not gifted any of his own money to his charitable foundation since 2008.

Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa, what tax records? For the Trump Foundation? After months of not seeing any tax info from Trump, are they burying the lede here or are these only tax records for the foundation and not Trump himself?


He’s back…

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ayep, that he is.

Could it be Donnie’s? It would explain a lot…

Human heart found in Ohio field; police trying to figure out where it came from


That’s such a grown-up response! And so many grown ups eat it up, hook, line, and sinker. Sad!

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I work for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Are its financial statements available for public viewing -- especially regarding management salaries?

Indeed. Nonprofits are required to submit their financial statements and other information -- including the salaries of directors, officers, and key employees -- to the IRS. (For information on who is considered a key employee, see IRS Form 990 and its instructions.)

The IRS and nonprofits themselves are required to disclose the information on Form 990 to anyone who asks. Nonprofits must allow public inspection of these records during regular business hours at their principal offices. However, many people won't even need to ask -- a number of websites make Forms 990 available for the searching, including the Foundation Center at http://fdncenter.org and GuideStar at www.guidestar.org.

In addition, people can request information from the IRS by writing a letter, including the name of the organization, the year, and the type of tax return requested, and send it to:

Commissioner of Internal Revenue
Attn: Freedom of Information Reading Room
1111 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20224


Learn more about IRS regulations with Nolo's book, Every Nonprofit's Tax Guide.

Access to Trump's business or personal tax records are not needed to ascertain whether he or one of his businesses contributed to the Trump Foundation. A review of their records will reveal that.

Tell me this isn’t a thing of beauty.


Just in case, notice the font of that tweet… :slight_smile:

I bet you told your little brother Santa Claus wasn’t real.


in case there is any debate, Vince is a billionaire

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False equivalency at its finest. Now I don’t have to go anywhere else for news.


I wouldn’t want to bet the farm on it, but I think @steviedee111 is creating these occasional tweets. One clue is that trumpet can’t possibly know who Jeeves is because he’s a character in a book by an English author. However, there is a genuine satirical trump twit page



I did, but sometimes satire captures reality better than anything.