Is Donald Trump a “Phony Philanthropist”?

Donald Trump likes to brag about the fact he is a very charitable person who has given more than $102 million to charity in the past five years. In fact at the beginning of his campaign he provided the Associated Press with a 93-page long list of his 4,844 contributions.  A Washington Post analysis of those donations has found that Trump’s list of donations don’t involve any cash from the  Trump piggy-bank . In fact the bulk of them were actually free rounds of golf, given away by Trump’s courses for local charity auctions and raffles.

Via it’s research the Washington Post estimated that Trump charity included at least 2,900 free rounds of golf, 175 free hotel stays, 165 free meals and 11 gift certificates to spas.

The largest items on the list were not cash gifts but land- conservation agreements to forgo development rights on property Trump owns.

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Trump’s campaign also counted a parcel of land that he’d given to New York state — although that was in 2006, not within the past five years.

In addition, many of the gifts on the list came from the charity that bears his name, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which didn’t receive a personal check from Trump from 2009 through 2014, according to the most recent public tax filings. Its work is largely funded by others, although Trump decides where the gifts go.

Based on the the records it is probably more appropriate to call the Donald J. Trump Foundation, the Vince and Linda McMahon Foundation, as they contributed two and a half times the cash to the charity as Trump ($5 million to $2 million)…

 

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Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff is a Journalist, Blogger and one of the rare Jewish conservatives in a sea of north east liberal Jews (Thanksgiving dinner is a real pip). Jeff was honored with the 2014 Not For Profit Blogger of the Year award by the National Blogger's Club, is editor/publisher of The Lid (Lidblog.com), contributing reporter at MRCTV.org and Political Columnist for the newspaper, The Jewish Star.

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