The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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  1. Flyover people think Trump has a clue and admire him?
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    Trump surrogate confronted about faked biographical claims

    CNN, September 3, 2016

    Donald Trump surrogate Pastor Mark Burns walks out of an interview with CNN's Victor Blackwell when asked about false biographical claims. Burns later admitted that he "overstated" details of his biography.
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    Hey! So that's what happened to that crazy South African "translator"!

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    Trump Using Campaign Money To Pay His Kids

    The Young Turks

    Donald Trump has been using his campaign money to pay himself and his children through his various business holdings, a sign that this whole endeavor was just a ploy to make Trump just a little richer. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.
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    This is the most entertaining thread on WWP right now.
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    It's half as interesting as it could be
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    Florida Attorney General Exposed For RAMPANT 'Pay For Play' Gift Taking

    Here’s Why Trump’s Florida Attorney General Scandal Is a Really Big Deal

    Why Trump's donation to Pam Bondi has come back to bite him
  11. Trump loves Putin

    "The Republican presidential nominee told the forum the Russian president "has been a leader far more than our president [Obama] has been".
    It came on the same day the chief of the Pentagon accused Russia of sowing the seeds of global instability.
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    So racial separatists are hurt they don't get invited to more parties? That is sad.
  14. Trump claims the intelligence officers who briefed him were unhappy with Obama, he could tell by their body language
    "The Aug. 17 briefing is attracting fresh scrutiny after Trump said at NBC's Command-in-Chief Forum that he divined that intelligence officials were "not happy" with President Obama.

    "What I did learn," Trump said, "is that our leadership, Barack Obama, did not follow ... what our experts said to do ... And I was very, very surprised.

    "I could tell — I'm pretty good with body language — I could tell they were not happy.""

    "Meanwhile, three people with knowledge of the matter told NBC News that one of the advisers Trump brought to the briefing, retired general Mike Flynn, repeatedly interrupted the briefing with pointed questions.

    Christie, the New Jersey governor and Trump adviser, touched Flynn's arm in an effort get him to calm down and let the officials continue, one of the sources said. Requests for comment from Flynn and Christie were not immediately returned."
    And also this
    " A second U.S. official said analysts are trained not to allow their body language to betray their thinking"
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    Did #LoserDonald Pay Pam Bondi To Ignore Trump University?

    The Young Turks

    Donald Trump made a campaign contribution to Pam Bondi right around the time she looked the other way on Trump University. Ben Mankiewicz and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.
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    Trump Held Fundraiser For Pam Bondi At His Palm Beach Mansion After She Passed On Lawsuit

    The Republican Party of Florida paid much less for the venue than Trump’s own campaign has paid.


    In March 2014, Donald Trump opened his 126-room Palm Beach mansion, Mar-a-Lago, for a $3,000-per-person fundraiser for Pam Bondi, the Florida attorney general who had recently decided not to join a lawsuit against Trump University and was facing a tough reelection campaign.

    Trump did not write a check to the attorney general that night. The previous fall, his personal foundation had given $25,000 to a pro-Bondi PAC. But by hosting her fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago and bringing in some of his own star power, Trump provided Bondi’s campaign with a nice financial boost.

    Since he began his run for the White House, Trump has repeatedly claimed that Bondi is merely someone he has supported politically. But his fundraising efforts for her were extensive and varied: In addition to the $25,000 donation from his foundation and the star-studded Mar-a-Lago event, Trump and his daughter Ivanka each gave $500 to Bondi’s campaign in the fall of 2013. The following spring, Ivanka and her father donated another $125,000 to the Republican Party of Florida ― Bondi’s single biggest source of campaign funds.

    All this money created the appearance that Donald Trump was thanking Bondi for halting any further investigation into his failed seminar programs. Trump’s efforts to boost her politically came during and after a period when Bondi was under pressure to pursue allegations that those seminars were defrauding consumers.

    The use of Mar-a-Lago alone was a donation of some value. Space at the resort is expensive to rent, and Trump has charged his own presidential campaign roughly $140,000 per event for use of the mansion.

    In contrast, the Republican Party of Florida paid only $4,855.65 for the Bondi fundraiser, cutting a check on March 25, 2014. It was a “small event on the lawn ... featuring snacks and refreshments, attended by about 50 people,” a Bondi campaign staffer told The Huffington Post.

    Trump’s courtship of Bondi, including the Mar-a-Lago event, could complicate a line of attack his campaign is currently making against Hillary Clinton. Trump and his surrogates have attacked Clinton’s family foundation for accepting donations from governments and individuals with business before the State Department during her tenure there. They have suggested that, in turn, those donors were given special access to then-Secretary of State Clinton and her staff.

    Clinton and her aides have denied that charge and responded by arguing that Trump has used his money to influence politicians ― an accusation that he hasn’t always denied.

    “I’ve got to give [campaign contributions] to them, because when I want something, I get it,” he said in January. “When I call, they kiss my ass. It’s true. They kiss my ass. It’s true.”

    Allegations of fraud by Trump University and its predecessor Trump Institute began before Bondi took office in 2011. The previous Florida attorney general, Bill McCollum, had received numerous complaints from attendees of Trump’s real estate programs. According to those attendees, Trump had promised classes and mentoring that never materialized, and when customers complained, the organization refused to give refunds.

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    Says the guy who says that he knows more than the generals do.
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    Sassy Trump - Sassy Taxes

    Peter Serafinowicz

    Sassy promises NBC's Katy Tur he'll release his tax returns ahead of schedule.

    From July 2015. Video copyright NBC News. All words verbatim, only the voice has been changed.
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  22. Trump goes on RT and critiques American foreign policy. He is interviewed by Larry King, who works for RT, and now says he was tricked by Larry King. He didn't know the interview was for RT. Where the fuck is the Trump Team! Where the fuck is Trumps brain?
  23. "Donald Trump’s charitable foundation gave $100,000 in 2014 to a conservative activist group that was used to help finance a federal lawsuit against New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman — the same public official who was suing the real estate mogul for fraud over the operations of Trump University.

    The size and timing of the donation to the Citizens United Foundation, an arm of the sprawling conservative network run by David Bossie, who is now Trump’s deputy campaign manager, could raise fresh questions about whether Trump has used his tax-exempt charity to further political and personal causes."

    Trump charity gave $100,000 to David Bossie’s Citizens United that helped fund lawsuit against mogul’s foe
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    On the 2012 return I noticed a different "Citizens United":
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    Trump would not have meant to put the other "Citizens United," like happened with that Pam Bondi related group? Because that would be a pattern of typos, which would be interesting. I wonder if there is a way to check if the Epilepsy people actually got the money.
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    Election hacks raise fears of Russian influence | Associated Press


    Recent hacks of election data systems in at least two states have raised fear among lawmakers and intelligence officials that a foreign government is trying to seed doubt about — or even manipulate — the presidential race, renewing debate over when cyberattacks cross red lines and warrant a U.S. response.

    Federal officials already are investigating cyberattacks at the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, believed to be the work of hackers tied to the Russian government. Trolling a private organization's emails is one thing, cyberexperts say, but breaching state election systems to undermine the integrity of the November ballot would be quite another.

    "The mere access to those systems is incredibly concerning to me," said Sean Kanuck, former national intelligence officer for cyber issues at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. "I think that the manipulation of election data or voting systems would warrant a national security response."

    No one has yet confirmed that data was actually manipulated. Law enforcement and intelligence officials are investigating the election-related breaches, but also are looking at the extent to which Russia could be involved in a disinformation campaign to diminish U.S. clout worldwide. Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow wasn't involved in the hacking of emails of the Democratic Party.

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said last week he thinks it's unlikely that Russia is trying to influence the election. "I think maybe the Democrats are putting that out," he said on RT America, the U.S. partner of Kremlin-backed network Russia Today.

    But Defense Secretary Ash Carter issued a public warning to Moscow last week while in Europe. "We will not ignore attempts to interfere with our democratic processes," Carter said. Asked later to elaborate, Carter said he was referring to Russia's use of hybrid warfare — "interference in the internal affairs of nations, short of war" — which he said is a concern across Europe.

    Late last month, the FBI sent a "flash alert" to warn state officials to strengthen their election systems in light of evidence that hackers targeted data systems in two states. The FBI described a "compromise" of one elections board website and "attempted intrusion activities" in another state's system. The FBI didn't name the states, but state election websites in Illinois and Arizona experienced hack-related shutdowns in the parts of the websites that handle online voter registration.

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    The Donald J Trump Foundation, Inc was incorporated February 18, 1987, and yet ERI only has those three years, same with Guidestar. I wonder what the story is with that?
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    Trump Threatens Act Of War As Response To Rude Hand Gestures

    GOP nominee’s Florida audience loved the tough talk against Iran.

    By S.V. Date, Huffington Post


    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday threatened to respond with an act of war if Iranian sailors made rude gestures toward U.S. Navy ships.

    “When Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats, and they make gestures at our people that they shouldn’t be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water,” Trump said to raucous applause from his Pensacola rally audience.

    It was unclear whether Trump literally meant gestures from the Iranians or whether he was referring to threatening or dangerous actions with their boats.

    Last month, small Iranian vessels harassed a U.S. Navy destroyer and a coastal patrol boat in the Persian Gulf, leading the U.S. ships to fire warning shots toward the Iranians.

    Trump’s incendiary talk reflects again the gulf between morning or early-afternoon Trump, who tends to speak in a more restrained manner and sticks closer to the script on his teleprompter, and evening Trump, who wanders off script more frequently and tends to play to his audience.

    Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her allies have made Trump’s temperament a central issue in their campaign against him.

    Trump also told the audience that Clinton was getting such protection from President Barack Obama’s administration that she could shoot someone through the heart in front of 20,000 people and not be prosecuted. He then further questioned her mental health. “Personally, I think she’s an unstable person,” he said.

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    Da fuck?
    Evening Trump has issues. No policies, just issues.
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    How Donald Trump retooled his charity to spend other people’s money | The Washington Post


    Donald Trump was in a tuxedo, standing next to his award: a statue of a palm tree, as tall as a toddler. It was 2010, and Trump was being honored by a charity — the Palm Beach Police Foundation — for his “selfless support” of its cause.

    His support did not include any of his own money.

    Instead, Trump had found a way to give away somebody else’s money, and claim the credit for himself.

    Trump had earlier gone to a charity in New Jersey — the Charles Evans Foundation, named for a deceased businessman — and asked for a donation. Trump said he was raising money for the Palm Beach Police Foundation.

    The Evans Foundation said yes. In 2009 and 2010, it gave a total of $150,000 to the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a small charity that the Republican presidential nominee founded in 1987.

    Then, Trump’s foundation turned around and made donations to the police group in South Florida. In those years, the Trump Foundation’s gifts totaled $150,000.

    Trump had effectively turned the Evans Foundation’s gifts into his own gifts, without adding any money of his own.

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    Trump Used His Companies To Mask Political Donations To Another Florida Attorney General | Huffington Post

    Three of Trump’s companies each contributed the maximum to Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist in his 2006 campaign for governor.


    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used companies he controlled to donate more than was legally allowed to the 2006 Florida gubernatorial campaign of Attorney General Charlie Crist, according to a review of state campaign finance records by The Huffington Post.

    The four contributions from Trump and his companies totaled $2,000 for Crist’s campaign at a time when the maximum campaign contribution allowed by an individual or a corporation was $500. At the time, Trump did not disclose that the donations all came from him, and regulators did not identify the companies as being part of Trump’s real estate empire.

    The contributions included $500 from Trump himself; $500 from 40 Wall Street LLC, a company Trump controls; $500 from VH Property Corp DBA Trump National Golf Course, a Trump company that operates mainly in California; and $500 from Wollman Rink Operations LLC, a company Trump created to manage an ice skating rink in Manhattan’s Central Park.

    The four contributions were first identified by the Democratic Coalition Against Trump, a group supporting Trump’s rival, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump identified all three companies as under his control in his personal financial disclosure report to the Office of Government Ethics, filed in the summer of 2015.

    A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign did not immediately respond on Friday to questions from The Huffington Post. At the time of the gifts, Crist was a Republican, but in recent years the former governor has run as an Independent and as a Democrat.

    The donations from Trump appear to be the latest example of the Republican nominee using his maze of business interests and corporations to get around laws that limit how much one individual or company can donate to a particular political campaign.

    During the GOP primary campaign, Trump bragged about how he used campaign contributions to effectively buy political support for his business interests. “When they call, I give. And you know what? When I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me,” Trump said.

    But Trump’s cavalier attitude towards election law has repeatedly gotten him into trouble with regulators, and sometimes resulted in serious fines. In the 1980s, Trump admitted to using his web of companies to contribute tens of thousands of dollars beyond the legal limit to the campaign of the chairman of the New York City Council. And in 1993, Trump paid a $15,000 fine to the Federal Election Commission for exceeding the legal limit of contributions to federal candidates.

    More recently, Trump has come under fire for using his tax-exempt nonprofit, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, to give $25,000 to a PAC supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s reelection bid. Such donations violate nonprofit tax laws, and Trump was fined $2,500.

    The donation to Bondi was made during a short window of time in September of 2013 when Bondi’s office was deciding whether to investigate Trump University, the Republican nominee’s now-shuttered seminar program.

    Trump is facing lawsuits in multiple states alleging that the company defrauded customers. Bondi, however, decided not to pursue legal claims against Trump over Trump University.

    Trump later hosted a fundraiser for Bondi at his home in Palm Beach in March 2014. He held a similar fundraising event for Crist in June 2005 in Manhattan, helping to introduce the attorney general to wealthy New Yorkers.

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    EXCLUSIVE: Donald Trump’s claim he got $150G in post-9/11 state funds for small businesses because he helped people in need is unfounded, docs show

    By Cameron Joseph, New York Daily News


    Donald Trump’s tale about why he took $150,000 in 9/11 money is as tall as the Downtown skyscraper he says he used in recovery efforts, according to government records. Though the billionaire presidential candidate has repeatedly suggested he got that money for helping others out after the attacks, documents obtained by the Daily News show that Trump’s account was just a huge lie.

    Records from the Empire State Development Corp., which administered the recovery program, show that Trump’s company asked for those funds for “rent loss,” “cleanup” and “repair” — not to recuperate money lost in helping people. That government program was designed to help local businesses get back on their feet — not reimburse people for their charitable work.

    If Trump’s company had asked for money for that reason it would have been rejected, officials said. “He’s clearly wrong. I saw him say that and he’s obviously wrong,” said David Catalfamo, a senior adviser to then-Gov. George Pataki, who helped run the program. “It was not part of the program to give money away for the other ancillary stuff. The way the program worked was to help businesses cover for uninsured losses. Businesses came forward with their losses and we covered part of them.”

    Months ago, Trump patted himself on the back for his imaginary efforts. “It was probably a reimbursement for the fact that I allowed people, for many months, to stay in the building (40 Wall St.), use the building and store things in the building,” Trump told Time magazine in April. “I was happy to do it, and to this day I am still being thanked for the many people I helped. The value of what I did was far greater than the money talked about, much of which was sent automatically to building owners in the area.”

    But those comments don’t match the forms Trump’s company submitted to the New York state government requesting the money for his property, the Trump Building at 40 Wall St. Those documents, exclusively obtained by The News, previously reported that Trump’s organization was one of a number of well-heeled companies that received funds from a state program aimed at helping local businesses whose bottom lines were hurt by the terror attacks.

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    - Gary Trudeau, November 1999
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