Trump redirected charity cash to purchase $20K life-size painting of himself

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    Andy Brown
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    The Donald J. Trump Foundation, a nearly 20-year-old charity group founded by the Republican presidential nominee, is allegedly little more than a scam operation that uses people’s money to donate to other charity groups while benefiting the wealthy businessman and allowing him to take all the credit for himself.

    According to an ongoing Washington Post investigation and series of reports, Trump’s foundation, which was set up in 1987, hasn’t even actually received a donation from the man it is named after since 2008. And the money the Trump Foundation donated this year was nearly double what it raised during the three year period between 2012 and 2014, according to Florida’s Sun Sentinel.

    Furthermore, the Post’s David Farenthold reports that on several occasions Trump used other people’s money donated to his namesake charity in order to personally benefit. For 250 charities contacted by the Post, donations Trump claimed to have made could not be successfully located. Five donations were reported to the IRS that the charity recipients claimed they never received.

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