Once Donald Trump became a political candidate, a sharper eye was turned towards his previous charitable giving. In 2016, the Washington Post’s David Farenthold conducted a deep dive into Trump’s philanthropy and found numerous inconsistencies. The New York Attorney General’s Office later opened an investigation into the matter.
New York sued the President’s charitable foundation and in the end, the Trump Organization settled by paying $2 million to 8 different charities. As part of the settlement, Donald Jr, Eric and Ivanka Trump must also undergo training so this behavior doesn’t occur in the future.
When she became New York’s Attorney General earlier this year, Letitia James vowed to look into Donald Trump’s dealings within the state.
James said of this settlement, “Charities are not a means to an end, which is why these damages speak to the president’s abuse of power and represent a victory for not-for-profits that follow the law. Funds have finally gone where they deserve — to eight credible charities.”
According to the New York Times, there were other stipulations. The paper notes, “Mr. Trump’s three children who were officers of the foundation — Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump — were ordered to undergo mandatory training to ensure they do not engage in similar misconduct in the future.”
The Trump Foundation’s lawyers Marc Mukasey and Alan Futerfas said in a statement, “Our case was amicably resolved weeks ago. The legacy of the Trump Foundation — which gave away many millions to those most in need at virtually no cost — is secure.”