The Washington Post reports that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump shelled out a $2,500 penalty to the Internal Revenue Service for an improper political contribution.
(Does writer David A. Fahrenthold mean Trump’s foundation paid the fine? I’m not sure.)
Nevertheless, the report states that the teeny weeny Donald J. Trump Foundation broke tax laws by giving to a campaign group connected to the attorney general of the Sunshine State.
The improper donation, a $25,000 gift from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, was made in 2013. At the time, Attorney General Pam Bondi was considering whether to investigate fraud allegations against Trump University. She decided not to pursue the case.
Earlier this year, The Washington Post and a liberal watchdog group raised new questions about the three-year-old gift. The watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, filed a complaint with the IRS — noting that, as a registered nonprofit, the Trump Foundation was not allowed to make political donations.
A high-profile watchdog group controlled by Hillary Clinton ally David Brock has been demanding the IRS investigate Trump’s foundation for allegedly aiding his presidential campaign.
It’s possible the Trump Foundation has been helping the Trump campaign but the philanthropy is so little it is hard to imagine it doing much to help its benefactor’s political career.