The Scorecard

Trump’s Long History of Theft, Grift & Bamboozling

A Supreme Court of the State of New York judge ruled that more than $2.8 million raised by the Donald J. Trump Foundation had been “used for Mr. Trump’s political campaign and disbursed by Mr. Trump’s campaign staff, rather than by the Foundation” itself. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla ordered President Donald Trump to pay $2 million to settle a case brought against him due to his misuse of his Trump Foundation charity to benefit his 2016 presidential campaign, in addition to other illegal activity over more than a decade.

The lawsuit alleged that Trump, Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric violated federal and state campaign finance laws.

New York’s attorney general, Barbara Underwood, said said of the suit: “Our petition detailed a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation – including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more. This amounted to the Trump Foundation functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests.”



  • $10,000 was spent on a portrait of Trump, later found on display at a sports bar at his Miami golf course
  • $100,000 was used to settle a legal dispute with the city of Palm Beach
  • $258,000 was used to settle lawsuits against Trump and his businesses, including $158,000 to the Martin Greenberg Foundation, whose founder sued the Trump National Golf Club after it failed to pay him a promised $1 million for scoring a hole-in-one at a charity golf tournament;
  • $5,000 was used to advertise Trump Hotels.
  • The board had never met in 19 years, from 1999 to 2018, when it agreed to shut down.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and nonpartisan U.S. government ethics and accountability watchdog organization. CREW’s executive director, Noah Bookbinder, said: “The Donald J Trump Foundation has abused the rules governing non-profit charitable foundations and admitted to breaking the law. It apparently operated for the sole purpose of benefiting Donald Trump.

“Crew filed complaints calling for investigations into the Foundation for improper political activity, lying on its tax returns, and self-dealing to benefit Donald Trump, among other problems. It is good to see this fraud is finally over.”

By the way, the Clinton Foundation has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest evaluator of charities in the United States.