Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s
charitable foundation has been ordered by New York’s
attorney general to stop fundraising in the
state. Prosecutors issued a “notice of violation” after
determining the foundation had no proper registration.
The notice directs the Trump foundation to “immediately
cease soliciting contributions or engaging in other
fundraising activities in New York”. The foundation has
relied on donations from others since 2008, records
James Sheehan, head of
the attorney general’s
charities bureau, sent the
letter to the foundation on
Friday, according to a copy
provided by press office of
state Attorney General Eric
The foundation had
neglected to register under
article 7A of New York’s
Executive Law, which is required for any charity soliciting
more than $25,000 (£19,440) a year.
While we remain very concerned about the political
motives behind AG Schneiderman’s investigation, the
Trump Foundation nevertheless intends to co-operate
fully with the investigation,” Hope Hicks, Mr Trump’s
spokeswoman, said in a statement.
“Because this is an ongoing legal matter, the Trump
Foundation will not comment further at this time.”
When Mr Schneiderman’s office revealed last month that
it was investigating the foundation, the Trump campaign
called him “a partisan hack.”
The Democratic prosecutor has endorsed Mr Trump’s
opponent, Hillary Clinton, for president.
Mr Schneiderman has been looking into the foundation
following Washington Post reports that the charity’s
spending personally benefited the candidate.
Friday’s letter directed the foundation to provide the
legal documents required of charities that solicit
donations from the public, including audited financial
statements and annual financial reports, within 15 days.
“The failure immediately to discontinue solicitation and
to file information and reports” with the charities
bureaus “shall be deemed a continuing fraud upon the
people of the state of New York,” Mr Sheehan wrote.
“The announcement comes after the New York Times
reported Mr Trump paid no taxes for nearly two decades
having declared losses approaching $1bn, according to
three pages of his 1995 tax returns.
Mr Trump’s campaign has refused to confirm or deny the
report, but said the filing was “illegally obtained”.
His Democratic rival Mrs Clinton told supporters in
Toledo, Ohio: “While millions of American families –
including mine and yours – were working hard paying
our fair share, it seems he was contributing nothing.
“Trump represents the same rigged system that he
claims he’s going to change.”
The former secretary of state also released a new
campaign video on Monday, calling Mr Trump “a
business failure who has gotten rich at your expense.”
Mr Schneiderman’s office has reportedly been
investigating the Donald J Trump Foundation since at
least June when it formally questioned a 2013 donation
to a group backing Republican Florida Attorney General
The $25,000 payment came at a time when Mrs Bondi’s
office was reportedly considering whether to open a
fraud investigation into Trump University.
The fraud investigation never happened, though Mrs
Bondi denies the decision was influenced by the
donation she received.
The Washington Post also reported this month that Mr
Trump used more than $250,000 of foundation money to
settle lawsuits that involved his businesses.