Trump Ordered To Pay $2 Million To Nonprofits For ‘Persistent Violation Of Charities Law’
A New York State judge has ordered President Donald Trump to pay $2 million to a group of nonprofit organizations as part of a settlement in a civil lawsuit stemming from persistent violations of state charities laws, The New York Times reported Thursday.
According to the report, the payment is the final resolution to a case brought by the New York attorney general’s office after the Trump Foundation held a fundraiser for military veterans during the 2016 campaign.
The televised fundraiser took in nearly $3 million in donations that were dispersed on the eve of the Iowa caucuses as directed by then-campaign chief Corey Lewandowski.
The two million must be paid by President Trump himself for breaching his fiduciary duty to properly oversee the foundation that bears his name.
“I direct Mr. Trump to pay the $2,000,000, which would have gone to the Foundation if it were still in existence, on a pro-rata basis to the Approved Recipients,” Judge Saliann Scarpulla wrote, according to The Times.
The lawsuit filed by the state’s attorney general accused Trump —along with his children, Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka— of conflating charity with politics, repeatedly using charitable donations for personal, political and business gains, including legal settlements, campaign contributions and even to purchase a portrait of Trump to hang at one of his hotels.