Elizabeth Warren Slams Trump Pay-to-Play Scandal

Sentor Elizabeth Warren, (D) MA

Sentor Elizabeth Warren, (D) MA

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts campaigned for Hillary Clinton and Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty in Philadelphia. At a Pennsylvania Democrats event in support of Clinton and Democrats up and down the ballot on campus at Penn, Warren outlined the high stakes of November’s elections for Pennsylvania families and urged Pennsylvanians to register to vote ahead of the October 11 deadline.

Warren said, “I’m here today for two tough, smart women with Pennsylvania roots and Pennsylvania values – Hillary and Katie. Two smart, tough women who fight for women, who fight for kids, who fight for a healthy planet, who fight for a future for all of us. That’s who these women are.”

Warren also called out Trump for using the Trump Foundation — a charitable entity — to curry favor with the Florida Attorney General.

Warren said, “Trump ran his own scam of a university to trick people to turning over their life savings to him. When the complaints filing up and law enforcement started closing in on him, the Trump Foundation made an illegal 25,000 dollar campaign contribution to the Florida Attorney General to make the investigation go away. Here’s how I look at this. What kind of man cheats students like this? What kind of a man attacks a respected judge because of his parents came from Mexico? What kind of man breaks the law to make illegal contributions to make his fraud investigations go away? I’ll tell you what kind of a man: a small insecure money grubber who will never be president of the United States.”

Here’s what we know: Trump University — Trump’s scam that bilked more than 5,000 students out of $40 million — is back in the news after reports that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi declined to investigate the scam after soliciting a $25,000 donation from Trump. And today, Yahoo published a bombshell report revealing that Trump’s charitable foundation gave $100,000 to a conservative activist organization that sued New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, raising questions of whether Trump used his charity contributions as retribution against Schneiderman for taking legal action against Trump University.


Here’s what we know: Trump University — Trump’s scam that bilked more than 5,000 students out of $40 million — is back in the news after reports that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi declined to investigate the scam after soliciting a $25,000 donation from Trump. And today, Yahoo published a bombshell report revealing that Trump’s charitable foundation gave $100,000 to a conservative activist organization that sued New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, raising questions of whether Trump used his charity contributions as retribution against Schneiderman for taking legal action against Trump University.
 
Background

  • The Washington Post recently revealed that Trump used funds from the Donald J. Trump Foundation to make a campaign donation in violation of federal rules and was forced to pay a fine to the IRS. The Trump Foundation tried to cover up their inappropriate contribution by claiming the money went to the wrong organization. However, the IRS saw right through that excuse.
  • Today, Yahoo published a bombshell report proving that Trump’s charitable foundation gave $100,000 to an activist organization that sued New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
  • The 2014 donation was made after Schneiderman took legal action against Trump University. That spring, Trump hosted a fundraiser for Bondi who had dropped the case. Trump also donated to then-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign, after he had dropped an investigation into Trump University.
This comes after several days in which the allegations of pay-to-play between Trump and Bondi have been rapidly escalating.
    • Yahoo: “Donald Trump’s charitable foundation gave $100,000 in 2014 to a conservative activist group that was used to help finance a federal lawsuit against New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman — the same public official who was suing the real estate mogul for fraud over the operations of Trump University. The size and timing of the donation to the Citizens United Foundation, an arm of the sprawling conservative network run by David Bossie, who is now Trump’s deputy campaign manager, could raise fresh questions about whether Trump has used his tax-exempt charity to further political and personal causes.” [Yahoo, 9/9/16]
HEADLINE: Feds should investigate Bondi-Trump connection [Tampa Bay Times, Editorial Board,9/8/16]
HEADLINE: Public deserves facts in Bondi-Trump controversy [Sun Sentinel, Editorial Board,9/8/16]
HEADLINE: Pay to Play, Mr. Trump? [New York Times, Editorial Board, 9/6/16]
For a full rundown of the pay-to-play scandal, read an explainer here.

 

 

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