Donald Trump Ordered to Pay $2 Million for Misuse of Charitable Funds

Donald Trump Ordered to Pay $2 Million for Misuse of Charitable Funds

President Donald Trump was ordered Thursday by a NY judge to pay $2 million to a group of nonprofit organizations as part of a settlement in a civil lawsuit stemming from repeated violations of state charities laws. The money will go to a group of charities, and the foundation is in the process of dissolving.

In his order on Thursday, Judge Saliann Scarpulla ordered Trump to pay an additional $2 million to the charities.

Underwood filed suit after a 21-month probe that she said had uncovered "extensive unlawful political coordination" between the foundation and the campaign.

The case is tied to a televised fundraiser for veterans held by Trump in Iowa when he was running for president in January 2016.

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The settlement brings an end to the lawsuit the NY attorney general's office filed against the Trump Foundation, claiming the president and his children repeatedly used the charity's funds to break campaign finance laws, abused its tax-exempt status, and engaged in a pattern of "illegal conduct". James had sought the entire $2.82 million, but the judge determined that $2 million was sufficient because the money raised eventually reached veterans' charities.

As part of the settlement, Trump admitted to misusing Trump Foundation funds and agreed to limitations placed on future charitable work.

Instead of fining him that amount, as the attorney general's office wanted, the judge trimmed it to $2 million and rejected a demand for punitive damages and interest. Alan S. Futerfas, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, said last December that "the Foundation has been seeking to dissolve and distribute its remaining assets to worthwhile charitable causes since Donald J. Trump's victory in the 2016 Presidential election". They include distribution of the remainder of the foundation's assets to charities approved by James' office, training for the president's children Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Jr., and 19 paragraphs of Trump's admissions of illegal activity.

In addition, the foundation paid $158,000 to resolve a lawsuit over a prize for a hole-in-one contest at a Trump-owned golf course, and $5,000 for ads promoting Trump's hotels in the programs for charitable events.

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