REPORT: Trump Foundation Not Licensed In New York

Another scoop from David Farenthold at the Washington Post:

Donald Trump’s charitable foundation — which has been sustained for years by donors outside the Trump family — has never obtained the certification that New York requires before charities can solicit money from the public, according to the state attorney general’s office.

Under the laws in New York, where the Donald J. Trump Foundation is based, any charity that solicits more than $25,000 a year from the public must obtain a special kind of registration beforehand. Charities as large as Trump’s must also submit to a rigorous annual audit that asks — among other things — whether the charity spent any money for the personal benefit of its officers.

If New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) finds that Trump’s foundation raised money in violation of the law, he could order the charity to stop raising money immediately. With a court’s permission, Schneiderman could also force Trump to return money that his foundation has already raised.

  • skyweaver

    As usual the liberal press isn’t talking about the real story, which was my broken mic at the debate

    • Frostbite


      • geoffalnutt

        “My mic was ill, very ill. It had a cold. The moderators made it sick.

        • skyweaver

          Loser mic. I prefer mics that work

          • Mister Don

            but don’t pay taxes because they’re smart like me

          • Rebecca Gardner

            My properties around the world, world class properties, the best properties all have mics that work. Only the best mics. Everyone tells me, Donald where do you get these mics.

          • bkmn

            I got those mics from the mic shop down on the corner, you know the one that was there before I shafted the mic store owner by not paying him.

          • Marides48

            It was a the best Trump mic made in China?

          • skyweaver

            My mics are big, trust me, there’s no problem there.

      • crewman


    • Joe in PA

      or the sex-tape. FFS, even Peggy Noonan (on CBS This Morning) said to move on.

      Bless her heart.

      • jayjonson

        Love the fact that even as he is telling his surrogates to blame Hillary for “smearing” the women Bill had sex with, he is smearing Alicia M. He is talking about an alleged sex tape that Alicia appeared in. Why don’t the talking heads interviewing him and his associates ask about the sexually explicit photos (and maybe sex tapes) that Melanoma has appeared in?

    • mjcc1987

      I believe the reporter has gained some weight……….. OH, look squirrel!!!!

    • popebuck1

      “Oh, here’s yer problem right here. You had it set on ‘horrible human being.'”

  • Blake Mason

    You mean the one that pays for his portraits?

    • clay

      and his legal expenses.
      and his court fines.

      • MrSkippy

        And his fake tans.
        And his divorces.
        And buying his new wives.

      • Joe in PA

        and bribing public officials?

        • clay

          and his fines for that, too.

    • Jerry

      …and as a shell foundation to avoid taxes. The worst allegations, if brought before the IRS, are when people owed his companies money, they were directed instead to pay into the Foundation as a “donation”. If his companies didn’t declare the income, it was a clear tax evasion scheme.

  • crewman

    Draft dodging. Tax dodging. Doesn’t pay people he agreed to pay for work they did. Broke US law to do business with Cuba. Illegal discrimination in housing. Brags about using bankruptcy to avoid paying debt he incurred, with no awareness or concern for other people he stiffs along the way. And on and on. He doesn’t even have to follow the most standard rule of human interaction, which is to be honest. This is a man who grew up being told rules don’t apply to him, and he’s extended his wealth his whole life by not playing by the same rules we do. He’s not better than any of us. If we cheated and lied like he does, we could probably rise to greater power and money too. We don’t do that because we have common decency, and also, we didn’t grow up assuming it’s OK to ignore the law.

    • Gustav2


      • Thorn Spike

        Donzi Scheme.

    • j.martindale

      And that doesn’t begin to touch the immorality of his private life. Serial adulterer. Brags of the married women he had sex with. Fat shames women. Five kids by three wives. Works to fire women in his hotels who are not “pretty” enough.

      Who the hell are the 40-some percent who support him?! I can’t believe this country has that many nazis and racists.

      • Never underestimate the stupidity of the American public.

        • Steverino

          It’s the Achilles Heel of democracy.

        • johncAtl

          I imagine if I stood in the grocery store and counted I’d see more people buy The National Enquirer than Newsweek.

          • Ray Butlers

            Also only a handful of people watch Mad Men while tens of millions watch American Idol. A small audience found Hell or High Water while Suicide Squad broke records. The American public has atrocious taste.

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          • ultragreen

            Smart people would buy neither.

        • ultragreen

          The fact that we wound up with both Trump and Clinton as our leading presidential candidates certainly proves that.

      • Traxley Launderette

        Uneducated, bigoted white men who imagine Donald Trump to be what they’d be like if they were rich — loud, bragging, bullying, and telling everyone to go fuck themselves.

        There are a lot of these guys out there, and they’ve raised a whole new crop of Monster-guzzling, girlfriend-ignoring, coal-rolling, gun-fondling, younguns to take their places.

        • Ray Butlers

          You hit the nail on the head. Deep-seated resentment. People are garbage.

        • popebuck1

          “And I’d live in a golden palace where even the TOILETS are made of gold! That’d show my asshole boss and my bitch ex-wife!”

        • JCF

          Not THAT many younguns. They’re dying out, and they know it {Hence, SMELL the desperation!}

      • NancyP

        not to mention the “Ewww” factor in his relations with daughter Ivanka.

        • karmanot


      • dcurlee

        Doesn’t begin touch the idiots that support him.

      • Todd Allis

        Some are so sold on the lies about Hillary that their vote is really against her and not for Trump.

        • Bj Lincoln

          Good point. I just met one just like that. She was full of the lies about her. Funny thing is this young lady said she was going to vote for Hillary anyway because she find Trump repulsive. She also knows he is a liar as well as a racist pig. I found the conversation very interesting. I asked if her friends think the same way. Yes they did. This is the 19-25 crowd.

          • RoFaWh

            I hope you uttered this one sentence:

            “All that stuff about crooked Hillary is just a pack of lies by the right; go look some of it up.”

            Not that it’s likely to change that bint’s mind, but one can hope.

          • ShawnSwagger

            The millenials are hard to fathom and hard to please. On the one hand, I’m happy that Trump is almost at the bottom of their preferences; one poll even had him coming in fourth among millenials, behind Clinton, Johnson and Stein. On the other hand, I just don’t get what they’re looking for. I think if they really thought about their issues and objectively compared the candidates’ proposals, they would logically have to agree that Clinton has the best proposals for them.

            However, I do think that this election has weirdly (8 years after Obama was first elected) turned out to be the last gasp of the baby boomers: Trump, Bernie, Hillary, Stein, Johnson, Carson, Fiorina, Bush, Kasich, almost all of them. All running for president at an age when most Americans are retiring or well past retirement. This election had to be a record-breaker in the average age of the candidates.

          • And how. If Trump is elected, he’ll be the oldest President in US history. Even older than Reagan.

      • ShawnSwagger

        Well, you know, he “tells it like it is.” *Gag*

    • stuckinthewoods

      If we cheated and lied like he does we’d be incarcerated. What I ask is how has he gotten away with it up until now?

      • The_Wretched

        Bernie Madoff syndrome; if you’re seen with a ton of big name people, investigators and prosecutors will think twice about bringing a case.

    • JT

      Drumpf: Rules are for the little people. I’m yuuuge!

    • Nic Peterson

      Maybe he registered it in Mexico?

  • bkmn

    Interestingly I saw that Eric Trump’s foundation is registered to fundraise in NY state and that Eric and Daddy’s foundations have the same accountant.

    • ColdCountry

      So if Daddy’s foundation donated all it’s money to Eric’s foundation….

      • Traxley Launderette

        Uday’s fucked.

        • Dazzer

          Not by me he’s not. Nor by anyone with a milligram of common sense, decency or taste.

          • Robincho

            So, no Dazzerjizz™ for Uday, then. What about Qusay?…

  • Blake Jordan

    I wonder what it would take for the self-proclaimed “conscience voters” to grow the F up, and stop wasting their votes on the inept Johnson and Stein…

    • Blake Mason

      On some level I understand the plight… neither major party candidate appeals to them…but the thought of a Trump presidency should frighten the shit out of them.

      • Ernest Endevor

        I think that’s the point. Unlike other elections this is an all-hands-on-deck, national emergency. Both Stein and Johnson should withdraw and encourage their supporters to vote Clinton.

        • kareemachan

          And these lies and exaggerations? Cite, s’il vous plait.

          Oh, you mean Bill and his skirt-lifting? pffft.

          • j.martindale

            Yes. Unsupported accusations by political opponents and fabricated scandals by yellow journalists don’t count.

          • Ernest Endevor

            I mean the complete ignorance of Johnson. And Stein’s obtuse narcissism.

            This is the Aleppo of which Johnson knows nothing. One of the great cultural and mercantile cities of the world once famous for its beauty of which he knows nothing.

        • IamM

          That’s what annoys me about the USA Today editorial and the Republicans or Conservatives handwringing over Clinton. You don’t have to pretend she’s the best person to ever run for president, but she is definitely the only qualified candidate on the ballot _and_ voting for her is also the best way to prevent the election of people who make W look smart and Nixon seem kind by comparison.

      • Blake Jordan

        Well their dislike of Clinton is based on decades of lies and exaggerations…

        And both Johnson and Stein are just as inept as Drumpf, even if they are not as bigoted or corrupt as he is!!!

        Clinton is by far the best of the four options, and them voting for the lesser candidates only helps Drumpf…

        • marshlc

          Well, I gotta say, if Clinton were running here in Canada, she’d be a Conservative, and there is no way I’d vote for her.

          But that’s because there would be actual qualified people running to her left, and nothing but joke-party raving loonies to her right.

          So the dislike of Clinton is not entirely due to lies and exaggerations. Some of it is due to the reality that she’s not very progressive.

          But your point about her being by far the only reasonable choice among the actual options is 100% correct. I believe that she’ll win, but that it’s as close as it is makes the rest of the world worry about the superpower we all need to be stable and reasonable.

          • Blake Jordan

            So if Obama were a candidate in Canada you would not vote for him because he is to the right of Clinton, and you would probably not vote for Sanders either because he is barely to the left of Clinton…


          • marshlc

            Yes, of course. If there is an electable, qualified, and capable person whose policies reflect my true politics, why on earth would I vote for someone who doesn’t? I’m not an American and am not stuck with the choice between right centre and batshit crazy.

            If I were an American, right centre would have to do.

        • IamM

          Frankly I’ve come to think Stein’s a close second to Drumpf in the crazy and corrupt departments, out of the four or five national candidates.

    • Traxley Launderette

      Nothing will.

      They’re enjoying their tantrum-throwing far too much.

      • ultragreen

        No, it seems Clinton supporters are the ones who are throwing tantrums because they can’t convince all of the voters who support third-party candidates to change their support to Clinton. Never mind the fact that their expectations are grossly unrealistic.

        • IamM

          You can _support_ whoever you like. Realistically, if you like America or want to make it better you should _vote_ for Mrs Clinton. Voting is not a personal endorsement of her character or policies, it’s picking the best out of the available options and in this case choosing the course that’s least likely to do massive and irreparable harm to millions of people here and around the world.

    • Talisman

      They’ve sold themselves to the devil because they think he’s the best chance they have to “take back America” and advance their agenda.

      As I posted elsewhere, the oldest justices of the SCOTUS are Ginsberg, Breyer, and Kennedy. Think of how devastating it would be to lose any one of them. If one of them is replaced with a more Conservative justice, it would likely mean an end to the Voting Rights Act, gay marriage/ENDA, and reproductive and women’s rights, not to mention the ACA, Social Security, Medicare, most federal assistance, and an increase in the move to privatize most government services.

      They think of Trump as a tool they can use, not seeing the other dangers in electing him. And, of course, Hillary is Satan’s spawn.

    • ultragreen

      Clinton supporters STILL don’t understand how the electoral system works in the United States. And they like to think that they are mentally competent to make judgments about political candidates.

      • IamM

        I don’t care about Clinton or the Democrats. But she’s qualified and competent, unlike everyone else on the presidential ballot this year. And while she’s no Cecile Richards, Wendy Davis or Elizabeth Warren, even if I believed the worst lies and allegations about her, she and the Democrats are still the best shot at stopping the dangerously insane Trump and disasterously corrupt Republicans.

  • Gustav2

    but…but…but Hillary’s emails from the state department illegal private server to the foundation where they took in billions and make millions speaking to Wall Street!

    (so Kellyanne didn’t have to say it)

    • kareemachan

      You have a thing for Kelly? I’m sorry….

      ETA: Can you smell the sarcasm in the air?

      • OdieDenCO

        I love the smell of sarcasm in the morning

  • June Gordon

    That doesn’t seem to be the most important issue for a tax-fraud foundation that cons people into making charitable contributions so it can bribe public officials.

  • Rex

    As president I’ll do away with regulations for charities that require money be given to the poor! The poor should raise their own money!

    • skyweaver

      I read this and my brain flew to this song:

      • Dazzer

        Every time I think I’ve reached peak Minchin, someone posts something I’ve not seen before and I love him even more.

        Thank you for that.

        • skyweaver

          I have the same experience. I hope he comes to my area on tour soon.

      • greenmanTN

        My atheist Christmas Carol

        • skyweaver

          Oh I love this one. It makes me very misty-eyed. Tim Minchin is a lovely guy

          • greenmanTN

            Yeah, I like it a lot. You get to keep the traditions and Christmas tree, but screw the Jesus stuff!

          • RoFaWh

            I hate his hair.

            Honestly, I think Minchin’s hair may impede his message.

    • William

      The poor would spend money on stupid things, like food or rent.

  • Joe in PA

    I know folks here don’t need any more information about this goon, but here is an interesting interview with this reporter (July 28th-Terry Gross).

    (I posted this late last night in a similar thread)

    • The_Wretched

      I listened to about 20 minutes in the car when it aired. It was well worth the time and i’ll go finish listening to it now.

    • Traxley Launderette

      I heard that.


  • olandp

    But it is not a real charity.

  • JT

    Drumpf: My hands are as clean as they are big.

  • Butch

    I supposed the liberal press will get distracted by something like this instead of focusing on the real story – Hillary’s e-mails!
    But you know, the sad thing is that I bet the press won’t, and especially not cable news. The e-mails will remain the story du jour.

    • Traxley Launderette



  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Trump University –> a predatory fraud.
    Trump Charity –> unlicensed fraud.
    Trump –> corrupt fraud.

    • Rex

      Trump Children – spawn of fraud.

      • kareemachan

        That’s “Trump children – EVIL spawn of fraud.”

      • Treant

        Looking at them makes you feel spawnenfraud.

        • Robincho

          Spare the fraud, spoil the child…

    • Raybob


  • Slippy_World
    • pj

      dosent wood float?

      • Depends on how much lube you use.

      • popebuck1

        Only if it weighs the same as a duck.

        • pj

          donald or daffy

  • TexasBoy
  • This is not an oversight. Trumps son’s foundation follows the rules with correct filings. The smoking gun? Both Foundations use the same accountant!

  • greenmanTN

    How long are we going to keep pretending that the Trump Foundation is or ever was a charity? Actual charities don’t pay bribes and legal fees, launder money, or pay for portraits of the founder to be put in their home or business.

    This is not a subtle distinction.

  • It’ll never happen. That’s how much faith I have in our system right now.

  • The_Wretched

    Color me unsurprised but is there any deal he’s actually done above board and not cheated on?

    • RoFaWh

      ‘Twould be interesting to burrow back in the records and find (a) the last time Drumpf was honest in his dealings and (b) the first time he screwed someone over.

      Event (a), if it ever occurred, was almost certainly earlier than event (b).

  • Lazycrockett

    Because it’s NOT a Charity.

  • DH Esq

    The only thing that would surprise me about Trump would be a revelation that he actually performed some act which wasn’t illegal or dishonest.

    • Rex

      I’d also be shocked if he admitted to doing something wrong or said I’m sorry.

    • Jerry

      Or something–anything really–that wasn’t just to benefit himself…any actual altruistic act that wasn’t just a scheme to promote and/or benefit himself.

  • always do your research into charitable situations. wow, did i learn that the hard way. even if they are “gays who love bunnies and want to give children in africa water” or whatever, do your research before giving.

    i went down the rabbithole with one charity once and wow! here i thought i was doing good. turned out i was giving to evil. i will NEVER make that mistake again. thank you, interwebs. at least now it’s easier to find out if something is fake or real, scam or good.

    • MonochromeMouse

      maybe when trump’s scam charity is revealed he will have a complete mental breakdown like the Kony2012 guy did

      • RoFaWh

        I suspect that Drumpf’s complete mental breakdown was pre-natal.

  • DumbHairyApe

    IF they can force an audit by accountants, and that get revealed, it’s probably about the closest we’ll ever get to understanding Orange Hitler’s tax records.

  • Stubenville
  • Bill Post

    Licenses are for losers

  • CB

    I just keep thinking of the crap Leona Helmsley pulled. They’re cut from the same cloth and the same era. She just ruled over a garish hotel, however.

  • Captain Obvious

    Has this man ever behaved in an honest or ethical manner in any matter of importance? I doubt it.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Ask his mother’s womb.

    • TrollopeReader

      I think his small index and middle fingers were crossed permanently at birth …

  • TrollopeReader

    ….there’s that “audit” word again….

  • NancyP

    Farenthold has been consistently hitting it out of the park. He deserves a Pulitzer.

  • DumbHairyApe

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the investigation into his “Foundation” forces him to supply his tax returns for collaboration of information??? THAT would be real justice and irony.

    Would be fun to see all his tax accountants all subpoenaed!

  • dcurlee

    Where does he get his damn attorneys. Oh wait from the mob because all they do is bully those he owes money

  • KQCA

    As if laws, rules, manners, or common sense apply to him. He applies them to everyone outside his circle of minions, remember?

  • karmanot

    The Trump Foundation is like everything else about DonDon—-a fraud, a scam and a way to launder money under the guise of charity.

  • EweTaw


  • MikeBx2

    One of the best responses I’ve seen to this story is the person who referred to his foundation as being undocumented.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Says who? Says who?

  • RoFaWh

    I shake my head in disbelief that anyone with as many petty crimes under his belt as Drumpf would even think of running for any elective office, though I suppose candidates for dog catcher (where that office is elective) don’t get as much scrutiny as candidates for President.

  • bmedle

    I didn’t realize illegal slush funds had to be licensed with the state. Learn something new every day!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    It just gets better and better.

    Interesting note, was watching CNN last night and AC had a conversation about how Trump has pretty much damaged his “brand” beyond repair. That when he loses the election (fingers crossed), he will return to the business world greatly diminished. He really didn’t think this through.

    • IamM

      The skiddles will be pissed. Watch your back Donnie.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Nothing will come of this. He’s beyond the law the rest of the U.S. is supposed to follow.

  • Pierre
  • ultragreen

    This article omits any discussion of the tax liabilities of any ‘charitable foundation’ that is not properly registered under state law. Namely, the Trump Foundation could be required to: 1) pay local property taxes on any real estate that it owns, including back taxes, 2) pay state sales taxes on any items that it sells to raise funds, including anything that was sold for a profit in the past, and 3) possibly pay state corporate income taxes on any revenues that exceed expenses, not only for the current year but all of the preceding years when the foundation was out of compliance with the law.

    • IamM

      fwiw, I doubt 1 or 2 apply. Doesn’t sound like the kind of charity that has offices etc.

  • Piet

    I don’t find anything in the Post article to indicate more serious penalties than returning the money given. Is this man going to be allowed to skate on this as well as on other illegalities he’s committed (see, e.g., Cuba)?

  • TheManicMechanic

    Busted. Again.

    It’s my fervent hope that when Deadbeat Donnie skulks home after his defeat that he is hounded into a perpetual hell of answering for all these various misdeeds and other underhanded shit. In other words, eternal ruin.

  • glass

    If we took a DNA sample of trump it would show the results as, Snake Oil Salesman. A genus that comes from the Con Man line of animals.
    I know this because I get calls from people all the time, great people, a lot of people, some of the best people.

  • sfmike64

    So it’s basically a slush fund for his family. Thats not the intention of the 501(c)3 statutes and their similar state laws. Once again, Trump tells us that there is one set of rules for him and one for othef people.

  • JCF

    Lock him up!