NY to probe money shifted from Eric Trump charity to father's company

NY to probe money shifted from Eric Trump charity to father's company

The New York attorney general's office is looking into the Eric Trump Foundation following a Forbes report that detailed possible self-dealing by President Donald Trump through the foundation.

"The attorney general's office is looking into the issues raised by this report", said Eric Soufer, the communications director for the NY state attorney general.

In a statement released shortly after the Forbes article was published, a spokesperson for the president's son defended the Eric Trump Foundation, which he established to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which focuses on childhood cancer and life-threatening diseases.

That A.G.'s office is the same one that has been investigating the Donald J. Trump Foundation since the fall and that case remains open. Eric Trump, however, reportedly advertises that the golf course is free when holding the event which is charity fraud, Harvey Dale, professor of philanthropy and law at New York University, said.

The Eric Trump Foundation's objective is to benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The report by Forbes details how Eric Trump had run a celebrity golf tournament to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and used the resources provided by Trump Organization for free and told donors this in order to encourage donations.

Additionally, more than $500,000 over 10 years was then re-donated to other charities, including charities connected to members of the Trump family.


Charities can not legally funnel tax-free donations to benefit for-profit companies.

Amanda Miller, a spokeswoman for the Eric Trump Foundation, told Politico Schneiderman will have the charity's full cooperation during his review.

In the event's early years, the use of the course was donated by the Trump Organisation, headed by the future president.

It isn't the first time Schneiderman has looked into a Trump charity.

Eric Trump also helped in auctioning a private coffee chat with his sister, Ivanka Trump, for two people for $50,000 that was supposed to go to his charity.

The president's own charity was investigated previous year by Schneiderman after The Washington Post discovered that some donations had been used to settle a lawsuit against the Trump Organization and to purchase a large portrait of Trump that reportedly hangs in one of his golf resorts.

But starting in 2010, the Trump Organisation billed the foundation for use of the club, according to a Forbes magazine investigation. That portrait was spotted hanging on the wall of Eric Trump's home in a 2014 photograph, Forbes reported. New York's top cop isn't calling it an investigation, he said.

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