Add these to the already steaming pile of evidence that neo- fascist con artist Donald "Rump" Trump is a prodigious cheat and fraud.
(The future Pulitzer Prize winning) David Fahrenthold:
Donald Trump spent more than a quarter-million dollars from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits that involved the billionaire’s for-profit businesses, according to interviews and a review of legal documents.
Those cases, which together used $258,000 from Trump’s charity, were among four newly documented expenditures in which Trump may have violated laws against “self-dealing” — which prohibit nonprofit leaders from using charity money to benefit themselves or their businesses. (our emphasis)Christina Wilkie:
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gave at least $45,000 to the campaign of Alan Hevesi, a New York state comptroller who later went to prison for his role in a pay-to-play bribery scandal, according to a Huffington Post review of campaign finance records.
Trump’s donations coincided with a $500 million lawsuit he filed against the city of New York in the hopes of reducing his property taxes. As the city comptroller and later the state comptroller, Hevesi, a Democrat, played a role in evaluating and settling legal claims against the city of New York and its officials.
The bulk of Trump’s donations went to Hevesi’s campaign for state comptroller, a race Hevesi won in the fall of 2002. In the fall of 2003, by which point Trump had given Hevesi $35,000, the city settled Trump’s lawsuit, a decision that would have involved both the state comptroller ― i.e., Hevesi ― and the new city comptroller. (our emphasis)While we're happy to see some in the profession Doing. Their. Job., we're fairly certain that these solid examples of investigative journalism will be duly ignored by other media outlets because (a) to them, ho- hum any story on Trump's world class dishonesty has long since passed into the dog- bites- man realm, (b) they're too busy parsing whether Hillary Clinton's press conferences have been "press conferences" and whether to keep the all- important Press Conference Countdown Clock oiled and running, and (c) professional jealousy (the latter a main reason why folks think the New York effing Times won't cover Fahrenthold's outstanding work on Trump's various scams). Jaded, navel- gazing, envious guardians of democracy.