Republican presidential nominee and Bedford estate owner Donald Trump has been notified by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that his charitable foundation must stop fundraising immediately and that it is violating state law by soliciting donations without proper certification.
The notice, which can be viewed by clicking here , was sent to Trump on Friday and released early Monday afternoon. It states that the Trump Foundation “is in violation of section 172 of Article 7-A New York's Executive Law, which requires charitable organizations that solicit contributions in New York State to register with the Charities Bureau and to provide annual financial reports and annual audited financial statements.” Despite failing to register pursuant to Article 7-A, the Trump Foundation solicited contributions in New York State earlier this year, in violation of New York law.
The notice directs the Trump Foundation to “immediately cease soliciting contributions or engaging in other fundraising activities in New York” and “to provide the (AG's) Charities Bureau with the information specified in Section 172 within fifteen (15) days” of receiving the notice.
Schneiderman's directive comes one day after a New York Times report revealed Trump may not have paid Federal income tax since 1995. For more on that, check this Daily Voice report.
In 2007, Trump reportedly spent $20,000 that belonged to the Donald J. Trump Foundation to purchase a painting of himself by artist Michael Israel during a fundraiser auction at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida, said the Washington Post.
Trump also owns Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley in Stormville and Trump National Westchester in Briarcliff Manor. The Trump name also adorns Trump Tower At City Center in White Plains, Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, Trump Park Residences in Yorktown and the Donald J. TrumpState Park on the Westchester/Putnam border.