Donald Trump made an illegal $25,000 donation to Pam Bondi, allegedly at her request, and then hid it from the IRS by attributing the donation to a different organization with a similar name:
POLITICO – Trump donated $25,000 from his foundation, which as a nonprofit is not supposed to aid political candidates, to a group backing Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in 2013. The money came under scrutiny at the time because Trump donated the money just days after Bondi announced she was investigating complaints surrounding Trump’s real estate school, Trump University.
But Monday, the good-government group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington also filed a complaint with the IRS because it says the Trump Foundation didn’t report the donation on its tax returns.
“The apparent failure to tell the IRS about this political activity makes matters worse and is something we’ve seen too many organizations doing lately,” the CREW complaint said.
Trump’s team claims it’s an error:
Trump’s team said Tuesday it didn’t learn about the error until the complaint was filed, as first reported by The Washington Post.
The reporting issue was due to a “series of unfortunate coincidences and errors,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said.
The request for the $25,000 donation came from Bondi, not the group supporting her called And Justice For All, Hicks said. When the request came in, a clerk looked up the organization and mistakenly identified it as a Utah-based nonprofit by the same name, then issued the check from the Trump Foundation, she said.
After that, an accountant mistakenly entered the donation on its tax filing as going to a different, Kansas-based nonprofit called Justice for All, Hicks said.
So we’re supposed to believe that this is all just a big mistake? I don’t think so.
But let’s just say it was a mistake. After the way Trump accused Ted Cruz of lying over and over this year about the collateral loan he failed to report from his Senate campaign, there’s absolutely no way I’m going to give him any benefit of the doubt. None.
Lyin’ Trump is what we’ll call him. After all he’s lied about so many other things during this campaign, it just fits.