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GALLUP: Trump Job Approval Rating Now at 34%, New Low

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Crooked Donald



The Clinton Foundation has an "A" rating from Charity Watch.  I wonder what the Trump Foundation has for a rating.   Maybe "C" for Crooked?



Trump Used Charity Funds to Settle Legal Problems


"Donald Trump spent $258,000 from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits that involved the billionaire’s for-profit businesses, The Washington Post reported Tuesday morning. In one case, Trump faced $120,000 in unpaid fines in a dispute over the height of a flagpole at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. As part of the settlement, Palm Beach agreed to waive the fines if Trump donated $100,000 to a specific veterans charity. As the Post revealed, he sent a check from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, his charitable organization funded almost entirely by outside contributions. In another case, Trump settled a lawsuit by agreeing to donate $158,000 to a charity of the plaintiff’s choosing; and, again, he cut a check from his charitable foundation. According to the Post, such use of his charity’s funds may have violated laws against 'self-dealing' — a term to describe a nonprofit leader’s use of charity money to benefit themselves."



More on Crooked Donald:

David Farenthold -- Washington Post:


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…. 

 'I represent 700 nonprofits a year, and I’ve never encountered anything so brazen,' said Jeffrey Tenenbaum, who advises charities at the Venable law firm in Washington…. 'If he’s using other people’s money — run through his foundation — to satisfy his personal obligations, then that’s about as blatant an example of self-dealing [as] I’ve seen in a while,' Tenenbaum said."

5 comments:

Kevin Robbins said...

People just failed to understand that when they're giving money to a Trump charity they need to take that literally. It's a charity benefiting Trump.

Shaw Kenawe said...


Kevin, more evidence of how much of a scam artist Trump truly is.

Get It Right said...

Shaw Kenawe said...

Kevin, more evidence of how much of a scam artist Trump truly is!


I THINK YOU GOT THIS KIND OF ASS-BACKWARDS.

E. Rosewater said...

trump gets away with this stuff because he's done so many stupid, disgusting and fraudulent things that no one can focus on one thing. that fraudulent trump university should have been enough alone sink him.

Dervish Sanders said...

Re Trump using "other people's money" donated to his CHARITABLE foundation to settle PERSONAL legal problems, I've read that "Trump spokesman Jason Miller blasted the Washington Post report, but the campaign has not responded to the specifics in the Post's report".

Than what is the basis for the "blasting"? I have to wonder if Trump is going to be charged, or if the authorities will back off... because HRC is the "crooked" one, and charges (if filed against Trump) will be viewed by his supporters as political in nature. I mean, Hillary got a pass, even though she should have been charged re her email server (Trump supporters will SURELY argue). And don't forget that money donated to the Clinton Foundation is used as a "slush fund" (for their own personal use) by the Clintons.

Even though PolitiFact says "The Clintons' surge in wealth since they left the White House in 2001 - largely from hefty speaking fees and book advances - and their highly visible involvement in their foundation can leave the impression that they're profiting from the organization, rather than actually engaging in charity work. This is not the case, but some Republican opponents have made it sound like it is".

So, while it's Donald Trump who is actually the corrupt one, his supporters absolutely are buying the "crooked Hillary" meme. My opinion (re his fooled supporters)... "What rubes. Sad". Although it will be a LOT worse than "sad" if this con man is somehow elected president.