NEW YORK – New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a Notice of Violation to the Donald J. Trump Foundation last Friday. The personal charity foundation of real estate mogul and Presidential candidate Donald Trump has been ordered to stop soliciting contributions in New York.
The Washington Post reported last week that Trump used $258,000 from his foundation to pay legal settlements for his personal businesses, a potential legal violation.
The notice from the NY Attorney General states that the Trump Foundation “is in violation of section 172 of Article 7-A New York’s Executive Law, which requires charitable organizations that solicit contributions in New York State to register with the Charities Bureau and to provide annual financial reports and annual audited financial statements.” Despite failing to register pursuant to Article 7-A, the Trump Foundation solicited contributions in New York State earlier this year, in violation of New York law.
The notice directs the Trump Foundation to “immediately cease soliciting contributions or engaging in other fundraising activities in New York” and “to provide the [AG’s] Charities Bureau with the information specified in Section 172 within fifteen (15) days” of receiving the notice.
You can view the complete Notice of Violation.