Seriously: Donald Trump Is A Penny-Ante Swindler

New report by @Fahrenthold raises questions about the Donald Trump Foundation and just how charitable Trump is.

— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) September 12, 2016

… and David Farenholdt, at the Washington Post, deserves at least one Pulitzer. I’ve been working on a post about his findings for the last couple of weeks, but he keeps churning out new information. None of which the cable-news Media Village Idiots have deigned to discuss — until now.

The Donald J. Trump Foundation is not like other charities. An investigation of the foundation — including examinations of 17 years of tax filings and interviews with more than 200 individuals or groups listed as donors or beneficiaries — found that it collects and spends money in a very unusual manner.

For one thing, nearly all of its money comes from people other than Trump. In tax records, the last gift from Trump was in 2008. Since then, all of the donations have been other people’s money — an arrangement that experts say is almost unheard of for a family foundation.

Trump then takes that money and generally does with it as he pleases. In many cases, he passes it on to other charities, which often are under the impression that it is Trump’s own money.

In two cases, he has used money from his charity to buy himself a gift. In one of those cases — not previously reported — Trump spent $20,000 of money earmarked for charitable purposes to buy a six-foot-tall painting of himself.

Money from the Trump Foundation has also been used for political purposes, which is against the law. The Washington Post reported this month that Trump paid a penalty this year to the Internal Revenue Service for a 2013 donation in which the foundation gave $25,000 to a campaign group affiliated with Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi (R).

Trump’s foundation appears to have repeatedly broken IRS rules, which require nonprofit groups to file accurate paperwork. In five cases, the Trump Foundation told the IRS that it had given a gift to a charity whose leaders told The Post that they had never received it. In two other cases, companies listed as donors to the Trump Foundation told The Post that those listings were incorrect….

This guy is Max Bialystock without the charm. He’s the guy from ‘around the office’ who shows up just as your group is planning lunch, demands a slightly pricier (but not as good) restaurant than anyone else, makes a point of do-you-know-who-I-am-ing the host, abuses the waitstaff, spends the entire meal loudly bragging about his exploits when he’s not shoveling the most overpriced entree into his face, disappears into the mens room just as the check shows up, and only emerges to see if he can palm the tip once the rest of you leave. And he’s the Republican candidate for president — so, presumably, that’s what they like in a leader!

One of the quieter tragedies from @Fahrenthold's reporting on Trump's odd charity

— Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) September 12, 2016

1. Donate zero of your own dollars to charity.

2. Charge charity to rent room.

3. Profit!

— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) September 11, 2016

That's $120K more than he charged his own campaign—& $270K more than he charged to Pam Bondi

— Taniel (@Taniel) September 11, 2016

The dude swindled the Police Foundation at a dinner celebrating his philanthropy!

— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 11, 2016

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