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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Donald J. Trump Foundation has agreed to dissolve under judicial supervision amid an ongoing lawsuit concerning its finances, according to a document filed Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court by the New York state Attorney General's office. The dissolution of President Donald Trump's charity resolves one element of the attorney general's civil lawsuit against the foundation, which includes claims that the President and his children violated campaign finance laws and abused its tax-exempt status. The lawsuit will continue in court because it also seeks two other outcomes: $2.8 million in restitution, plus penalties, and a ban on Trump and his three eldest children serving on the board of any other New York nonprofit.

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The agreement to dissolve, signed by both the foundation and Attorney General Barbara Underwood's office, also allows the attorney general's office to review the recipients of the charity's assets. The most recent tax return filed by the foundation listed its net assets at slightly more than $1.7 million.

"Our petition detailed a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation -- including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more. This amounted to the Trump Foundation functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump's business and political interests," Underwood said in a statement Tuesday.

"This is an important victory for the rule of law, making clear that there is one set of rules for everyone," Underwood said. "We'll continue to move our suit forward to ensure that the Trump Foundation and its directors are held to account for their clear and repeated violations of state and federal law."

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One more strand of barbed wire to corral these idiots.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2018-12-18 11:32 AM | Reply

"Our petition detailed a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation – including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more. This amounted to the Trump Foundation functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump's business and political interests," Attorney General Barbara Underwood said in a statement. "This is an important victory for the rule of law, making clear that there is one set of rules for everyone."

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2018-12-18 11:40 AM | Reply


www.nbcnews.com

..."Our petition detailed a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation -- including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more," state AG Barbara Underwood said in a statement.

"This amounted to the Trump Foundation functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump's business and political interests."...


#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-12-18 11:41 AM | Reply

You know who's foundation hasn't dissolved as a consequence of being an illegal con? The Clinton Foundation.

#4 | Posted by 726 at 2018-12-18 11:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


@#3

Sorry 'bout the repetitive post of #2. It seems the thread wizard consolidated two threads. :)

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-12-18 12:11 PM | Reply

It's something that has been widely known for a long time but went under the radar before his presidential bid and having used it to enrich himself using campaign contributions. It's never been much of a charity at all. Its biggest contribution was to upgrade the Pulitzer Fountain outside the Plaza Hotel in NYC, at the time that he was owner of the Plaza Hotel. Its nice but the thing is still perpetually covered in pigeon sheet, which I suppose is an appropriate metaphor under the circumstances.

#6 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2018-12-18 12:14 PM | Reply

But, But, What about Crooked Hillary?

She is a criminal! Keep digging Rethugs! She must have broken some law!!!

You are running out of time Proud Boys!

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-12-18 02:37 PM | Reply

Oh but wait.

This "charity" no doubt had activity in other states....

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2018-12-18 02:41 PM | Reply

It's funny. I keep hearing Conservatives say Hillary is crooked and the Clinton Foundation is crooked.

But despite owning the FBI, IRS and DOJ, and despite making repeated calls post election to lock her up, Trump still hasn't found anything on them.

#9 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-12-18 02:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump still hasn't found anything on them.
#9 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

This is what I have been constantly hammering Trumpers on, especially when they claim how effective he's been all this time (the most effective POTUS in history!).

He's been one of the most powerful people on the planet, ever (with full congressional control within his party's grasp), and he still couldn't bring Hillary to task.

That's. Just. Pathetic.

#10 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-12-18 02:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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Its biggest contribution was to upgrade the Pulitzer Fountain outside the Plaza Hotel in NYC, at the time that he was owner of the Plaza Hotel.

He also used Foundation money to buy himself a signed Tim Tebow helmet, to settle personal legal problems, and to illegally assist his campaign for president. Every aspect of this dirtbag's life is an ethical void that frequently crosses the line into criminality.

#11 | Posted by JOE at 2018-12-18 03:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Good riddance.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-12-18 03:17 PM | Reply

buy himself a signed Tim Tebow helmet,
#11 |

I wonder how strong the statistical correlation is between Trump Fan : Tebow Fan.

I'm guessing massive overlap...

#13 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2018-12-18 03:29 PM | Reply

You know who's foundation hasn't dissolved as a consequence of being an illegal con? The Clinton Foundation.

#4 | POSTED BY 726 AT 2018-12-18 11:55 AM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 1

Donations have just about dried up since Hillary lost. You would think with all the time she has on her hands that donations would sky rocket.

#14 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-12-18 03:32 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

especially when they claim how effective he's been all this time (the most effective POTUS in history!)...

#10 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11

One of the reasons for his ineffectiveness is that he can't keep positions within his administration filled. Look at the mass exodus of people we've already seen and pretty much all of them, with the exception of Haley, left the administration tainted.

#15 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-12-18 03:34 PM | Reply

Donations have just about dried up since Hillary lost. You would think with all the time she has on her hands that donations would sky rocket.

#14 | POSTED BY FISHPAW AT 2018-12-18 03:32 PM | FLAG:

You've got nothing but innuendo, per usual. The Clinton Foundation remains a top rated charity.

#16 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-12-18 03:35 PM | Reply

"left the administration tainted" is poorly worded. What I mean is that they are tainted as a result of their work in the Trump administration.

#17 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-12-18 03:36 PM | Reply

"(Hillary Clinton) is likely to be under investigation for criminality for a very, very long time to come. We're going to be tied up in court for the rest of our lives with this deal." - Donald Trump

#18 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2018-12-18 03:39 PM | Reply

#17 True, but let's not diminish the fact that many of them were dirtbags in their own right. Scott Pruitt's lack of ethics was second only to that of his boss - it wasn't only "working for Trump" that gave him and many others a bad name.

Trump has hired unscrupulous bad faith actors on purpose.

#19 | Posted by JOE at 2018-12-18 03:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The Trump family stole money that was supposed to go to St Jude Children Research Hospital, a leading childhood cancer hospital. They are thugs and animals.

#20 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2018-12-18 03:40 PM | Reply

Trump has hired unscrupulous bad faith actors on purpose.

#19 | POSTED BY JOE

Absolutely. He finds these types of people attractive because they are like him. Not all who left fit this mold though. John Kelly is an upstanding guy, yet was put in an impossible situation after impossible situation and lowered his standards in order to serve his boss.

#21 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-12-18 03:44 PM | Reply

"Donations have just about dried up since Hillary lost."

Donations have indeed dropped. They were $26,566,825 in 2017

I just wish my bank account was as "dried up" as that!

#22 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-12-18 03:44 PM | Reply

#22 Houston we have a problem sputniknews.com

#23 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-12-18 03:52 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

-Trump has hired unscrupulous bad faith actors on purpose.

I feel bad for the folks who work for the executive branch because opportunity presented itself. When you get the chance, you take it. It's about the opportunity to work at the White House. You don't care who the president is so much as what the opportunity brings to you.

Unfortunately there are probably a ton of white house staffers (good people) who just got the opportunity at the wrong time.

#24 | Posted by eberly at 2018-12-18 04:04 PM | Reply

22 Houston we have a problem

#23 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

Cool story, Bro. What do you think about the US President's "charity" being shut down for fraud?

#25 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2018-12-18 05:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump runs everything just like he ran this Fake Foundation, his bidness, his campaign, and this Presidency,.... as if he is above the law.

#26 | Posted by Corky at 2018-12-18 05:24 PM | Reply

#23

Fake news

#27 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-12-18 05:26 PM | Reply

#23 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

Cool story, Bro. What do you think about the US President's "charity" being shut down for fraud?

#25 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce

To answer any further questions Fishpoo will have to wait until he watches Hannity tonight to find out what he is supposed to think.

#28 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-12-18 05:34 PM | Reply

I feel bad for the folks who work for the executive branch because opportunity presented itself. When you get the chance, you take it. It's about the opportunity to work at the White House. You don't care who the president is so much as what the opportunity brings to you.

#24 | Posted by eberly

Horsecrap. Everyone with a brain knew the kind of man trump was before his term began. Anyone who signed up to serve in the whitehouse signed up to serve that kind of presidency.

I've always wanted backstage tickets to madison square garden. But if you told me I have backstage tickets for a bill cosby performance at MSG I would turn it down.

People who abandon ethics for personal advancement deserve to go down with the corrupt ship.

#29 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-12-18 06:07 PM | Reply

Speaks,

Some of Trump's people recognize the desperate need for adults to try and keep Trump in check and even though what Trump is they put country before themselves.

#30 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-12-18 06:12 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Some of Trump's people recognize the desperate need for adults to try and keep Trump in check and even though what Trump is they put country before themselves.

#30 | Posted by JeffJ

Trump's people dont think he needs to be held in check. They say holding him in check is the work of the deepstate/democrats/marxists/gay frogs.

#31 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-12-18 06:31 PM | Reply

People who abandon ethics for personal advancement deserve to go down with the corrupt ship.
#29 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

Boom!

Couldn't agree more.

Some of Trump's people recognize the desperate need for adults to try and keep Trump in check and even though what Trump is they put country before themselves.
#30 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

You of all people know: We shall see.

hey say holding him in check is the work of the deepstate/democrats/marxists/gay frogs.
#31 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

Because they know they can't. If the average family is incapable of holding grandpa in check from using racist language at the Christmas table, do you honestly think anyone in the current government would be able to check Trump? ----, a 4 Start General failed at that venture. They say things like you point out because they know they are incapable of checking Trump.

#32 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-12-18 06:46 PM | Reply

What I mean is that they are tainted as a result of their work in the Trump administration.
#17 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

I gathered what you meant. I just hope the stain doesn't just stick with them. I hope the entire Trump brand is tainted and only viable for marketing/building/investing purposes in Russia.

#33 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-12-18 06:53 PM | Reply

Some of Trump's people recognize the desperate need for adults to try and keep Trump in check

I've seen convincing arguments that those people are worthy of scorn for concealing the true evil and stupidity of this "president," thereby prolonging his presence.

#34 | Posted by JOE at 2018-12-18 07:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

trump banned bump stocks!

LOL!

#35 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-12-18 07:54 PM | Reply

#22 Houston we have a problem sputniknews.com

#23 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

News straight from the mothership

"Sputnik is a news agency, news website platform and radio broadcast service established by the Russian government-owned news agency Rossiya Segodnya. Headquartered in Moscow. According to The New York Times, Sputnik engages in bias and disinformation,[4] and has widely been described as a Russian propaganda outlet." en.wikipedia.org

#36 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-12-18 11:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Some of Trump's people recognize the desperate need for adults to try and keep Trump in check and even though what Trump is they put country before themselves."

How come the Electoral College didn't recognize that for our country?

That's what their job is.

---- the GOP.

They knew.

#37 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-12-18 11:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Our petition detailed a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation...

So...who's going to jail?
Oh, I forgot, jail is for poor folks.

#38 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-12-19 08:12 AM | Reply

Some of Trump's people recognize the desperate need for adults to try and keep Trump in check and even though what Trump is they put country before themselves.

#30 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

This is the person that Republicans elected as the LEADER OF THEIR PARTY and you think that he is not an "adult"? Remember during the primary? There was such a wide and diverse field (touted by the RNC). Trump came out on top as the "cream of the crop" of all the Republicans in this country.

And now you think he need to be "kept in check"? Why did Republicans vote for someone who is (by your own admission) so supremely unqualified?

Oh yeah... racism.

You definitely built that.

#39 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2018-12-19 09:14 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#39 | POSTED BY GTBRITISHSKULL

That Trump was able to win the primary speaks to just how incompetent the GOP is.

The establishment wanted Jeb and Jeb's team viewed Rubio as his biggest competitor. So Team Jeb spent tons of money on Rubio attack ads that weakened him. The rest of the candidates were afraid of Trump's Twitter feed and also didn't take him seriously until it was clear that he was the front-runner. By the time candidates started punching back it was almost too late. The establishment had the opportunity to play hardball going into the convention, but Priebus instead decided to try and ride the Trump-train and ended up being ejected shortly after Trump was elected.

Contrast that with the Democratic Party. As the primary rode-on Hillary had only 1 real competitor - Sanders who wasn't really even a member of the Democratic Party. Between the Democratic Party's use of super-delegates, which gives the party some say in who ends up with the nomination, and the party itself putting its thumb on the scale for Hillary behind closed doors, they helped ensure that an outsider didn't secure the nomination. By contrast the GOP was weak, feckless and divided and Trump was the result. As a party the GOP deserves everything it gets with Trump as their candidate.

#40 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-12-19 10:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump Steak Scam, Trump Perfume Scam, Trump Clothing Scam, Eastern European labor Scam, Chinese labor Scam, Obama Birth Certificate Scam, Winery Scam, Carousel Scam, Chocolate Scam, NAFTA Scam, Global Warming Scam, University Scam, Trump Art of the Deal Scam, Trump TV Productions Scam, Charity Scam, Casino bust, IRS Tax Scam, NY State Tax Scam, and Presidential Scam.

Get the Picture YET???

#41 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-12-19 10:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"As a party the GOP deserves everything it gets with Trump as their candidate."

Including your vote.

#42 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-12-19 10:24 AM | Reply

#22 Houston we have a problem sputniknews.com

#23 | POSTED BY FISHPAW AT 2018-12-18 03:52 PM | FLAG: | FUNNY: 1

So fitting that you link to a Russian government news outlet.

#43 | Posted by cbob at 2018-12-19 10:27 AM | Reply

"As a party the GOP deserves everything it gets with Trump as their candidate."
Including your vote.

#42 | POSTED BY DANFORTH

I didn't vote for Trump. But you knew that.

#44 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-12-19 10:52 AM | Reply

#22 Houston we have a problem sputniknews.com

#23 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

News straight from the mothership

#36 | Posted by WhoDaMan

Fishpoo caught red handed with his hand in the cookie jar.

Looks like DaMan done caught us a commie! Nice werk Man!

Hans, please make sure you archive this one!

WhoDaMan? You DaMan!!

#45 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-12-19 01:26 PM | Reply

"Hans, please make sure you archive this one!" - #45 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-12-19 01:26 PM

Already done:

sputniknews.com - #23 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-12-18 03:52 PM
Sputnik is a news agency, news website platform and radio broadcast service established by the Russian government-owned news agency Rossiya Segodnya. Headquartered in Moscow. According to The New York Times, Sputnik engages in bias and disinformation, and has widely been described as a Russian propaganda outlet.

source

Good work, Comrade.
😉

#46 | Posted by Hans at 2018-12-19 01:29 PM | Reply

That Trump was able to win the primary speaks to just how incompetent the GOP is.

The establishment wanted Jeb and Jeb's team viewed Rubio as his biggest competitor. So Team Jeb spent tons of money on Rubio attack ads that weakened him. The rest of the candidates were afraid of Trump's Twitter feed and also didn't take him seriously until it was clear that he was the front-runner. By the time candidates started punching back it was almost too late. The establishment had the opportunity to play hardball going into the convention, but Priebus instead decided to try and ride the Trump-train and ended up being ejected shortly after Trump was elected.

Contrast that with the Democratic Party. As the primary rode-on Hillary had only 1 real competitor - Sanders who wasn't really even a member of the Democratic Party. Between the Democratic Party's use of super-delegates, which gives the party some say in who ends up with the nomination, and the party itself putting its thumb on the scale for Hillary behind closed doors, they helped ensure that an outsider didn't secure the nomination. By contrast the GOP was weak, feckless and divided and Trump was the result. As a party the GOP deserves everything it gets with Trump as their candidate.

#40 | Posted by JeffJ

Trump is the GOP's frankenstein monster they created.

They couldn't win elections be appealing only to the rich who they serve, so they needed to win over the ignorant angry bigots. They encouraged all the racism and xenophobia, paranoia, and ignorance that lead to trump. They fed it for years. Then it became too big for them to control and it ate them. Now trump IS the GOP.

#47 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-12-19 01:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Between the Democratic Party's use of super-delegates, which gives the party some say in who ends up with the nomination, and the party itself putting its thumb on the scale for Hillary behind closed doors, they helped ensure that an outsider didn't secure the nomination.

#40 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

Bernie would have been a perfectly good president (though his ideas are a little unrealistic because of his idealism). I would not be in any way concerned about needing "adults" to "keep him in check". Republicans absolutely reneged on their responsibility to nominate a worthwhile candidate, Democrats did not.

Next, I will address your slander on the Democratic party. The super-delegates didn't matter. Hillary won the popular vote in the Democratic primary by (55% - 45%). And the supposed "thumb on the scale" doesn't account for that 10% gap. (I actually can't find anywhere that even TELLS me how the "thumb was on the scale" and how many votes that was supposed to have gained her, but Conservatives aren't "elite" enough to use facts so I am not going to pursue it)

And the super delegates are there for the same reason that the Republican primary is all-or-nothing... to prevent a deadlock with no one getting a majority of the votes. But, even then, Trump got 45% of the primary votes. That means that at least 45% of Republicans voted for someone completely unqualified to be president.

YOUR PARTY elected an idiot. Own it. If you want to blame it on the establishment not overruling the Republican voters, go ahead. I will not disagree with you that most Republicans are incompetent when it comes to politics and needs "adults" to "keep them in check" when they vote for the wrong (pronounced rā·səst) candidate.

#48 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2018-12-19 03:47 PM | Reply

Hillary won the popular vote in the Democratic primary by (55% - 45%). And the supposed "thumb on the scale" doesn't account for that 10% gap.

I'm not sure how you can quantify that.

The DNC colluded with the Clinton campaign to plant anti-Bernie and pro-Clinton stories in the media

The DNC gave Clinton town hall topics in advance of a debate to give her an advantage over Bernie at that debate

I recall other examples that don't immediately come to mind, but again, i'm not sure how you quantify what the above might have done. IMO, the most flagrant unfair treatment was the media's inclusion of superdelegates in vote totals between the two primary candidates. With many primaries still going on, this likely suppressed turnout among Sanders supporters (especially in the massive California primary, where the AP reported the entire race for Clinton before the primary had ended), and also likely contributed to a well-documented "bandwagon effect."

Again, i don't know what numerical impact that all might have had, but i don't think anyone else does either.

#49 | Posted by JOE at 2018-12-19 04:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If you want to blame it on the establishment not overruling the Republican voters, go ahead.

Why do you democrats always want to "overrule" someone?

#50 | Posted by boaz at 2018-12-19 04:06 PM | Reply

Why do you democrats always want to "overrule" someone?

#50 | POSTED BY BOAZ AT 2018-12-19 04:06 PM | FLAG:

they don't. why do you make stuff up?

#51 | Posted by cjk85 at 2018-12-19 04:42 PM | Reply

Why do you democrats always want to "overrule" someone?

#50 | Posted by boaz

And why do they keep putting crap stains in your underwear? And why did they make you impotent?
DAMN THOSE DEMOCRATS!!

#52 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-12-19 05:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

And why do they keep putting crap stains in your underwear? And why did they make you impotent?
DAMN THOSE DEMOCRATS!!

POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2018-12-19 05:26 PM | REPLY

Drag Queens made him impotent.

#53 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-12-19 05:34 PM | Reply

Good work, Comrade.
😉
#46 | POSTED BY HANS

🖖

#54 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-12-19 05:36 PM | Reply

You know who's foundation hasn't dissolved as a consequence of being an illegal con? The Clinton Foundation.
#4 | POSTED BY 726 AT 2018-12-18 11:55 AM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 1
Donations have just about dried up since Hillary lost. You would think with all the time she has on her hands that donations would sky rocket.

#14 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

How many times do we have to correct your lie, idiot?

The Clinton Global Initiative is ending. The Clinton Foundation is growing.
www.snopes.com

Leave DR. Don't vote. Don't procreate. You are too stupid to be here.

#55 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-12-20 01:57 PM | Reply

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