Donald Trump’s charity organization, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, has donated over $700,000 to a variety of charities since 2008, nearly all of whom host fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago. The Palm Beach Post, in reviewing tax records for the foundation, found a pattern. At least 8 charities received donations averaging $25,000 only after they had relocated their events to the Trump family’s private Palm Beach club. That list includes the grandest gala of the island’s social season named the Red Cross Ball. The Red Cross received $21,000 in 2015, the only donation the foundation made to the local chapter of the Red Cross between 2008 and 2016.
The Donald J. Trump foundation is currently under investigation in New York for the misuse of millions of dollars, money which the suit alleges was spent on personal, business and political debts. The suit names Donald Trump along with two of his children, Eric and Ivanka. Federal and state laws prohibit charity officials from using contributions to benefit themselves or their businesses – a process known as “self-dealing.” It’s likely that this discovery by the Palm Beach Post will add additional evidence to New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s 41-page lawsuit against the foundation.