Trump Ordered to Hand Over $2 Million to Nonprofits in Corruption Case
In December 2018, lawyers for the Trump Foundation agreed to shutter the beleaguered organization in the midst of an investigation led by then-New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood.
Investigators uncovered patterns of malfeasance dating back to the 1980s, including the use of funds to beautify properties owned by the Trump Organization and to purchase art for display at Trump-branded golf courses. Furthermore, the Trump Foundation broke federal law in 2016 when it coordinated expenditures with Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
According to the the office of Letitia James, New York’s current attorney general, the Trump Foundation functioned “as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests.”
As a result of a civil suit brought against the foundation by New York State, Donald Trump is now required to shell out $2 million to approved nonprofits.
Corruption in the philanthropic sector sows seeds of doubt among donors. While Trump’s lawyers allege that the lawsuit is the work of “political hacks,” the court’s ruling will help rectify the damage caused by Trump, his children, and his inner circle by holding them accountable for their malign actions.