Trumps Double Bogie

Is fake news, like my golf handicap,  the result of being a bit of a bandit. Lets tee off with a double bogie and two Trump foundations that could be an albatross for many  Americans . Talk about flying like an eagle even if the foundations are turkeys.  There is no fairway to putt a slice of this story into context so there may be a hole in one line or another. (too much Ed.)

Did the Trump charitable foundation pay the Trump golfing business $100,000+ for charitable golf tournaments despite promising they would be free?  The jury is still out on that one – like other Trump matters. But the ‘hook’ from Forbes magazine provides more insight:

Did the Eric Trump Foundation donate to other charities & organisations so they could run and pay for golf events at Trump golf part of the Trump Organisation . Mmmm an interesting use of donated even if not used for golf with funds where donors were told their money was going to help sick kids, but more than $500,000 was re-donated to other charities’.

All of this seems to defy federal tax rules and state laws that ban self-dealing and misleading donors. It also raises larger questions about the Trump family dynamics and whether Eric and his brother, Don Jr., can be truly independent of their father.

At first the extra bills did not cost the Eric Trump Foundation anything. Shortly before the spike in costs, the Donald J. Trump Foundation donated $100,000 to the Eric Trump Foundation–a gift explicitly made, according to Gillule, to offset the increased budget. Thus, the Eric Trump donors were still seeing their money go to work for kids along the same lines as previous years.

The Eric Trump Foundation declined to comment on that donation. In effect, though, this maneuver would appear to have more in common with a drug cartel’s money-laundering operation than a charity’s best-practices textbook. That $100,000 in outside donations to the Donald J. Trump Foundation (remember: Trump himself didn’t give to his own foundation at this time) passed through the Eric Trump Foundation–and wound up in the coffers of Donald Trump’s private businesses.

It’s hard to imagine how the early incarnation of the golf tournament–big hauls, understandable costs–would have any problem continuing to spew out millions for years to come. Last year, the Eric Trump Foundation donated $2.9 million, according to St. Jude.

But in December, Eric Trump said he would stop fundraising. Running an event with an increasing commingling of business and philanthropy created the kind of conflict-of-interest (not to mention image) concerns that similarly plagued Ivanka Trump’s aborted attempt to auction off a coffee date on behalf of Eric’s foundation.

More recently, the foundation has rebranded itself as Curetivity. A spokeswoman for the organization said it would continue hosting golf tournaments to raise money for St. Jude. A Curetivity event was held this past May outside Washington, D.C., with Eric Trump in attendance, at the Trump National course.

IN ORDER TO understand the Eric Trump Foundation, you need to understand the Donald J. Trump Foundation. The president was never known for giving his foundation much money, and from 2009 to 2014, he didn’t give it anything at all. Outsiders still donated, though, allowing Trump to dole out their money to a smattering of more than 200 charities as if it were his own, with many of the donations helping his business interests.

Eric Trump Foundation now known as Curetivity is still  under investigation by the state attorney general’s office according to The Hill   part of the News Communications Inc founded by  the Unification Church  and leader, Sun Myung Moon.

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