New York attorney general opens investigation of Eric Trump Foundation

New York attorney general opens investigation of Eric Trump Foundation
Eric Trump (Image: YouTube screen grab via Fox News)

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is examining allegations of self dealing by the Eric Trump Foundation made in a report that appeared in the June 29 issue of Forbes.

“I can confirm that our office is looking into issues at the Eric Trump Foundation raised by the Forbes report,” said Eric Soufer, the attorney general’s director of communications, according to Politico.

The report lays out a case against the foundation, alleging that it funneled money to the Trump Organization through charity golf outings. The golf events, which are held annually at the Trump Golf Course in Westchester, N.Y., have raised millions for St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

The magazine also accuses Eric Trump of lying when he told Forbes that the charity has access to all of the Trump Organization’s assets free of charge. The report indicates the Trump Organization actually received some part of more than $1.2 million that has no documented recipients past the Trump Organization.

Amanda Miller, a spokeswoman for the Eric Trump Foundation, told Politico Schneiderman will have the charity’s full cooperation during his review. In a statement she said :

During the past decade, the Eric Trump Foundation has raised over $16.3 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, including more than $3.6 million to St. Jude and other worthwhile causes just in 2016 alone. The Foundation intends to cooperate fully with the Attorney General’s review, and looks forward to a productive and open dialogue with the Attorney General’s Office to address any questions it may have.

The foundation pushed back against the allegations made in the Forbes report in a previous statement to ABC News that read:

Contrary to recent reports, at no time did the Trump Organization profit in any way from the foundation or any of its activities. While people can disagree on political issues, to infer malicious intent on a charity that has changed so many lives, is not only shameful but is truly disgusting. At the end of the day the only people who lose are the children of St. Jude and other incredibly worthy causes.

This report, by Jack Crowe, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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