Public records show that Mr. Trump’s foundation sent money to places other than St. Jude, even while affirmatively claiming that all money raised by the foundation was going directly to the pediatric cancer hospital. Forbes asserts that this re-directed money, “went to other organizations, most of which had no programs to help kids with cancer but did have strong ties to Trump family members and interests.” The operations of the Eric Trump Foundation are currently suspended.
“If one represents that the funds are going to be used to benefit charity A and instead they go to charities B, C and D, that’s a misrepresentation,” says Sean Delany, a former assistant attorney general who oversaw the charities bureau in the state of New York. “A donor might choose to donate specifically because they care deeply about children’s cancer issues, or they care deeply about supporting St. Jude hospital in particular, and have no interest in supporting those other charities.”
For a decade, Eric Trump’s charity hosted an annual golf tournament that indeed raised millions of dollars for the hospital.
However, Forbes claims that President Donald Trump siphoned $100,000 from his son’s charity and considered it “revenue” for the Trump Organization. The donors were told that all of the money donated would go to charity.
The President claimed that these payments were for costs incurred by the Trump Organization for holding the charities. Mr. Trump reportedly authorized these expense reimbursements.
In addition, during the same 10 year period, the President allegedly redirected $500,000 of charity money intended for St. Jude cancer hospital to other charities.
Mr. Trump’s expense reimbursement and his redirection of charity money are against the New York and federal laws dealing with self-dealing and misleading the donors of charities.