ALBANY – New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened an investigation into the Donald Trump Foundation.
The probe will focus on several topics related to the GOP nominee’s charity, including its 2013 $25,000 donation to Florida Attorney General Elizabeth Bondy’s campaign after her office said it was considering legal action against Trump University. Charities are barred, under IRS, rules from making any political donations.
The probe will also focus on purchases the charity purportedly made for Trump, including a $20,000 portrait of the mogul. Such purchases are also against IRS rules for charities.
In a subsequent interview with CNN Tuesday night, Schneiderman, whose office is already overseeing a $40 million suit against Trump related to his shuttered scam school, said he was investigating the charity “to make sure it’s complying with the laws governing charities in New York.”
The Trump campaign responded to the news of the investigation by calling Schneiderman a “partisan hack who has turned a blind eye to the Clinton Foundation for years.”