You can add one more name to the list of Trump family members who are being investigated. The New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, is now “looking into” a charitable foundation created by Eric Trump, a spokesperson for Schneiderman said. This step by the state attorney general is most likely in response to an article published by Forbes magazine that raised questions about whether the president’s son had made misleading statements concerning how his foundation spent its money.
Schneiderman’s office has jurisdiction over charities run in the state where Eric Trump’s charity is registered. The attorney general’s office said very little about their inquiry, but they did report that it was at an early stage and could not be considered a formal investigation. “The attorney general’s office is looking into issues at the Eric Trump Foundation raised by the Forbes report,” said spokesman Eric Soufer in a written statement.
Here’s what seems to be the issue, according to the attorney general’s office, Eric Trump has changed its name from the “Eric Trump Foundation” to “Curetivity.” After this move to rebrand the foundation, they held a fundraiser under that name. But the charity had not officially changed its name with the New York charity regulators.
Another issue is regarding payment for golf tournament fundraisers by Eric Trump’s foundation. The Forbes story examined the tradition of holding these tournaments and found that Eric Trump asserted on numerous occasions that his father’s company allowed them to use the golf courses free of charge. But in fact, the Eric Trump Foundation actually paid the Trump Organization to use them. Eric Trump has not responded to a request for a comment regarding this payment.
The New York attorney general’s office is already investigating President Trump’s foundation, the Donald J. Trump Foundation. Through a series of stories published last year by The Washington Post, it was revealed that Trump might have used foundation monies to settle lawsuits involving his for-profit businesses. Apparently, he even used foundation money to purchase a portrait of himself. That investigation is still ongoing (these reports are according to the Washington Post).
Do you think this investigation into Eric Trump’s foundation is legit, or is this a case of the media working to find things to hurt the Trump family?
Credit: The Washington Post