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Trump’s Charities Come Under Fire over Alleged Misuse of Donations

By: Max Radwin - Sep 20, 2016, 4:15 pm
John Mack, left, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., second left, and Steven Wallace, right, the Co-founder of Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation (MC-LEF), award Donald J. Trump during the MC-LEF 20th Annual Semper Fidelis Gala at New York, N.Y., April 22, 2015. Trump was a recipient of the Commandant's Leadership award at the event. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia/Released)
Donald Trump at a charity award ceremony. (wWikimedia)

Controversy surrounding Donald Trump’s charity foundation reached new heights this week, as many media outlets and politicians have accused Trump of misusing his charity’s funds in a borderline illegal fashion.

Trump may have used charitable funds for for-profit activities, while not having to report any of it the IRS as income, which is illegal.

As a result, the IRS may obligate him to pay a penalty or give back the money to his own foundation that he took for other purposes.

Hillary Clinton has been accused by the Trump Campaign as well as other critics of donating money to questionable places in potentially illegal fashion, or of donating to places that will earn the Clintons power and support in the long run.

If Trump’s his actions were not illegal, then they are at the least shady as the accusations against Clinton, as Vox News reported earlier this month when it pointed out that the Trump Foundation really has no clear goal — it doesn’t aim to get rid of poverty, or to fund research of a specific illness. It’s used for whatever Trump wants it to be used for.

For example, $12,000 of the charity’s funds were used to purchase an autographed Tim Tebow football helmet.

Additionally, Trump reportedly used around $250,000 to settle lawsuits involving other areas of his business ventures.

The Washington Post reported that $120,000 of the charity’s funds were used during a legal fight over the size of a flagpole in Palm Beach, Florida.

In another instance, Trump purchased a portrait of himself for $10,000 — though that money was spent at a different charity auction.

Max Radwin Max Radwin

Max is an editor with PanAm Post. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a Major in English Literature and a minor in Spanish Language. He has written for Newsday, Al Jazeera and The Miami Herald, among others.