The New York attorney general’s lawsuit filed Thursday against President Donald Trump and three of his children for alleged misuse of charity funds brings up once again the fact that the president took money from his charitable foundation to pay for a giant painting of himself.
The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold revealed in 2016 that a painting of the president hanging in one of Trump's golf clubs was paid for with money from the Donald J. Trump Foundation.
"On March 20, 2014, Mr. Trump caused the Foundation to pay $10,000 for the winning bid on a painting of Mr. Trump at a charity auction for the Unicorn Children's Foundation, a Section 501(c)(3) organization," the lawsuit, filed today, reads. "The Trump Organization used the painting at Trump National Doral Miami, an entity owned by Trump Endeavor 12 LLC, which is owned by Mr. Trump. The Investigation concluded that the payment of $10,000 was used to benefit an organization controlled by the director of the Foundation and constituted improper self-dealing."
After then-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman began investigating the foundation, Trump Doral returned the painting to the nonprofit:
The suit says the Trump Doral (which is owned by a shell company called Trump Endeavor 2 LLC) then paid Trump's own foundation $182.82 for a "fair rental" price and about $27 in back taxes on the painting for 2014 and 2015.