Trump foundation stops fundraising in New
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[October 18, 2016]
By Alana Wise
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican
presidential nominee Donald Trump's charitable foundation has stopped
fundraising in New York state, the state attorney general's office said
on Monday, weeks after the office warned that a failure to do so would
constitute a "continuing fraud."
The Donald J. Trump Foundation also received an extension to file
financial paperwork with the state, a spokesman for the attorney
general's office said in a phone interview.
The Trump campaign said in a statement: “The Trump Foundation is
cooperating with the Office of the NY AG in its investigation of the
Foundation and, given the scope of the NY AG’s requests, is working with
the NY AG to respond in a reasonable and timely manner."
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman warned the group last month
that it was in violation of a state law requiring charitable
organizations that solicit outside donations to register with the
office's Charities Bureau.
The organization has been under increased scrutiny following reports in
the Washington Post suggesting possible improprieties within the
small-scale nonprofit organization.
Trump's campaign has suggested that the probe launched by Schneiderman,
a Democrat, was politically motivated.
Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, in the Nov. 8 election, also
has ties to a charitable organization, the Clinton Foundation. Trump has
called it a "pay-to-play" operation in which the former secretary of
state and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, rewarded big
donors to the foundation with political access.
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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks as his
son-in-law Jared Kushner (L), daughter Ivanka listen at a campaign
event at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff
Manor, New York, U.S., June 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo
There has been no evidence that foreign donors to the foundation
obtained favors from the State Department while Clinton headed the
agency. While some donors were able to obtain meetings with her or
senior State Department officials, Clinton has said the fact that
they had donated to the foundation did not play a role in her
decision to meet with them.
(Reporting by Alana Wise; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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