New York Attorney General Sends Trump Foundation a Cease and Desist

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On Monday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent the Trump Foundation a cease and desist letter, claiming that they should stop soliciting contributions.

Chief of the charities bureau, James Sheehan, wrote in the letter that,

“The Trump Foundation must immediately cease soliciting contributions or engaging in any other fund-raising activities in New York.”

The letter comes after a recent report showed that the Trump Foundation lacks certification needed by charities in order to solicit money. The foundation has reportedly been soliciting contributions for years without having this certification.

The Trump campaign was quick to respond to the Attorney General’s letter, saying in a statement:

Spokeswoman Hope Hicks mentions the “political motives” of the Attorney General, no doubt alluding to his open support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

According to the New York Times,

In the letter, his office provided notice to Mr. Trump’s foundation that within 15 days it must provide certain documents required to be filed by organizations that solicit contributions, including audited financial statements and annual financial reports. It also must file any “delinquent reports” for past years within that time frame.

“The failure immediately to discontinue solicitation and to file information and reports” with the charities bureau, Mr. Sheehan said, “shall be deemed a fraud upon the people of the state of New York.”

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