Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

President Trump Ordered To Pay $2 Million For Misusing Trump Foundation Funds

President Trump Ordered To Pay $2 Million For Misusing Trump Foundation Funds

The New York Attorney General's office announced Thursday that a judge has ordered President Trump to pay $2 million in damages for improper use of funds at the Trump Foundation in connection with the 2016 presidential primaries and his own political purposes, as part of a lawsuit Trump and the foundation settled with state Attorney General Letitia James.

Charities are barred from getting involved in political campaigns, but in weighing the Iowa fundraiser, Scarpulla gave Trump credit for making good on his pledge to give $2.8 million of the money raised to veterans' organizations.

The judge also signed off on agreements reached last month between Trump's lawyers and the NY attorney general's office to distribute about $1.7 million in remaining foundation funds to other nonprofits.

Scarpuilla found that the money raised at the fundraiser was initially used for Trump's political campaign and disbursed by Trump's campaign staff, rather than by the foundation.

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The payment is the final resolution in a case brought by the NY attorney general's office after the Trump Foundation held a televised fundraiser for veterans during the 2016 campaign.

James said the evidence of banned coordination between campaign officials and the foundation included emails exchanged with then-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

The lawsuit from New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood alleges that Trump and his three oldest children ran the charitable organization in a way that flouted federal and state campaign finance laws during the 2016 campaign season, including allowing the Trump campaign to organize a fundraising event for the foundation in Des Moines.

A request for comment was emailed to Trump's lawyer. The Trump Foundation announced it was shutting down a year ago, amid allegations that the money was used for Mr. Trump's personal benefit. "Further, because the parties have agreed to dissolve the Foundation, I direct Mr. Trump to pay the $2,000,000, which would have gone to the Foundation if it were still in existence, on a pro rata basis to the Approved Recipients", the judge wrote. "The settlements also include mandatory training requirements for Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump".

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