One journalist, David Fahrenthold, from the Washington Post has been on a crusade. He has heard as we all have about Donald Trump’s wonderful donations. According to Trump and his campaign he has given tens of millions of dollars to charity. However, without him releasing his tax returns, there is no proof of his claims.
So, Fahrenthold has made it his mission to discover just how much the Donald has donated to charity. The Donald J. Trump Foundation was first started in 1987. At the beginning, Donald Trump did donate to his foundation. It must be pointed out here that family foundations like the Trump Foundation are usually created so the rich person, in this case Donald Trump, can donate his own money to various charities.
The Foundation has a record of having very little money in its bank account. Then, in 2008 Donald Trump began to give absolutely nothing to his own foundation. There is no record, according to Fahrenthold’s investigation that shows any contributions from Trump to the Foundation since then. Rather, he started getting donations from other people.
That by itself isn’t a big deal. However, since 2008, Trump has used other people’s money to donate to charity and giving the impression that the money was coming from himself. According to Fahrenthold’s investigation, there have also been “illegal” activity by the Foundation that benefitted Trump directly.
For example, Trump reportedly purchased through an auction a signed Tim Tebow helmet. The Foundation paid the $12,000 bill. In another auction, Trump’s wife Melania purchased a six foot tall portrait of Donald Trump for $20,000. Again, the foundation paid the bill.
These purchases are illegal. According to charity laws, no one can use Foundation money to purchase anything for himself. So, the purchases were illegal in that they were paid for by the Trump Foundation and not by Mr. Trump even though he benefitted from the purchase.
Then we have the “pay for play” donation to a political action committee for the Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. This was first explained away as a mistake. However, the mistake became another mistake and it was never fully explained why the money, supposedly meant for different charities never made it to them, but rather to Bondi’s PAC.
One of the most egregious activities to me was a donation to the Palm Beach Police. Trump donated $120,000 to the Palm Beach Police. The money was donated by the Trump Foundation. However, even though Trump made it seem like he was personally donating the money, it turns out that the money came from a separate charity in New Jersey.
The real bad part was that the Palm Beach Police awarded Donald Trump the Palm Award for his donation. This is something that they hand out to benefactors for their donations. The “award ceremony” was held at Trump’s Mar a Lago resort in Florida. To show just how generous Trump really is, he charged the Palm Beach Police over $267,000 for the ceremony dinner at his resort.
So, Trump donated someone else’s money to the Police, received an award for himself by donating other people’s money, and then raped the police for the ceremonial dinner. How charitable of the vulture. Imagine getting an award for something you did not do, then charge the organization awarding you to make money for yourself.
The Trump campaign keeps saying that Trump will not release his tax returns until the so-called audit is completed. Yet, there isn’t even any proof that he is under audit. That came to light yesterday on CNN. Kellyanne Conway was giving an interview and was asked, “will the Campaign release the letter from the IRS that states Mr. Trump’s taxes are being audited?” I thought Conway was going to choke on the answer.
Her first response was “excuse me?” Seems Kellyanne doesn’t know that if you are under audit, the IRS cannot openly announce it to the world, but they do send a letter to the payee that their tax returns are under audit. Trump could simply release that letter to prove he is under audit. Instead Conway asked “are you saying he is a liar?”
I don’t know if the CNN interviewer is saying that, but I am. Trump is a liar. There is no reason for him not to release his tax returns even if he is under audit. Richard Nixon released his returns while he was under audit. There is no law that prevents him from releasing his tax returns while under audit.
No, Trump will not release his tax returns because things like his NOT donating tens of millions of dollars to charity will be exposed. If he is claiming to have donated to his own Foundation on his tax returns while the Foundation’s records do not show such “giving” he is not only lying, he is also a tax cheat.
Newsweek today dropped an article about Trump’s organization and its many ties to foreign financiers, foreign politicians, and even foreign criminals. If all of that is true, it would show up in his tax returns. The story also brings up some very serious conflict of interest concerns should Trump be elected.
How can we trust a President who is beholding to foreign politicians to properly deal with foreign policy that conflicts with his business interests? Besides, shockingly, there is no law that requires a President to place his holdings in a “blind trust” to avoid conflict of interest. And, Donald Trump has said he probably would not do so. Meaning while he is President, if elected, he would also be running his company.
Newsweek says he would be the “most conflicted President” in history. Even if he did “blind trust” his companies while in office, if he doesn’t permanently break from his own companies, we will never be sure just what foreign policy is set to benefit his business over the nation.
This all proves that Donald Trump is the least transparent candidate in my lifetime. He has refused to disclose the most basic things like his tax returns. Why? What is he hiding? How many other “suspicious activities” would we discover in his returns?
Donald Trump keeps saying “believe me” when he wants to make a point. Sorry, Donald, I don’t believe you. Your own history with your Foundation is riddled with fraudulent activity. You keep saying the Clinton Foundation is a “pay for play” system. Yet, the only “pay for play” has come from YOUR Foundation, not Clinton’s.
If you have nothing to hide, Mr. Trump, release your tax returns immediately. Otherwise you will be proving my assertion that you are a liar to be true.