Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

New York attorney general looking at Eric Trump charity's payouts

New York attorney general looking at Eric Trump charity's payouts

The New York State Attorney General's Office said it is investigating the Eric Trump Foundation after questions were raised about the charity in light of a recent media report that it paid high sums to use Trump-owned properties for fundraisers.

Eric Trump, the president's second son and now the co-head of the Trump Organization, has hosted the event for ten years on behalf of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. "We are looking into issues at the foundation raised by the report", Schneiderman's office said a statement.

Forbes reported that the Eric Trump Foundation, which has suspended operations, paid the Trump family business over the past seven years for use of one of the organization's golf courses, funds which he allegedly said were being donated almost in full to the children's cancer charity.

Additionally, more than $500,000 over 10 years was then re-donated to other charities, including charities connected to members of the Trump family.

Forbes reported that based on filings from the Eric Trump Foundation and other charities, more than $1.2 million "has no documented recipients past the Trump Organization".

The report in question said it seems the Donald J. Trump Foundation gave the Eric Trump Foundation-run by the President's son Eric Trump-$100,000 that ended up with the business-oriented Trump Organization.

Eric Trump, President Donald Trump's middle son, announced past year that he was ceasing direct fundraising through his foundation "to avoid the appearance or assertion of any impropriety and/or a conflict of interest".

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Another portrait of Trump was created by artist George Rodrique after the George Rodrique Foundation of the Arts received a $25,000 check from the Eric Trump Foundation, according to Forbes.

Eric Trump also helped in auctioning a private coffee chat with his sister, Ivanka Trump, for two people for $50,000 that was supposed to go to his charity.

"We were able to come up with this concept of raising a lot of money with really no expense and it's because we were incurring the expenses at the assets we were taking on the expenses as Trump".

One item at issue, the attorney general's office said, was that the Eric Trump Foundation has rebranded itself "Curetivity" and held a fundraiser under that name.

Eric now is running the Trump Organization with his older brother Donald Jr. while their father serves as president.

"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", Miller said in the email.

A spokeswoman for the foundations said it would continue hosting golf tournaments to raise money for St Jude.

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