New York Attorney General Orders Trump Foundation To Stop Taking Donations

The Attorney General’s office determined that Donald Trump’s charity had been fund-raising in New York without registering to do so.

October 03, 2016
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On Monday, the office of New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released a “notice of violation” letter to Donald Trump's charity organization, The New York Times reports. The notice orders the Donald J. Trump Foundation to immediately cease soliciting donations the state of New York.

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According to the office of the Attorney General, the Trump Foundation was not properly registered as a charity in the state of New York and is illegible to fund-raise and accept donations. “The Trump Foundation must immediately cease soliciting contributions or engaging in any other fund-raising activities in New York,” wrote James Sheehan, the chief of the charities bureau in the letter released Monday.

“While we remain very concerned about the political motives behind A.G. Schneiderman’s investigation, the Trump Foundation nevertheless intends to cooperate fully with the investigation,” Hope Hicks, Mr. Trump’s spokeswoman, told The New York Times.

The letter states that the Trump Foundation must submit the correct documentation, including audited financial statements and annual reports, to accept donations within 15 days. “The failure immediately to discontinue solicitation and to file information and reports shall be deemed a fraud upon the people of the state of New York,” said Mr. Sheehan.

Read the full “notice of violation” here.

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