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November 22, 2016

Daily News Roundup: Trump Foundation Appears to Admit Self-Dealing in IRS Form

Trump Charity's Tax Filings Renew 'Self-Dealing' Questions: The Donald J. Trump Foundation’s Internal Revenue Service filings for 2015 include a "yes" check for questions asking whether the organization has transferred “income or assets to a disqualified person,” which could refer to the president-elect, a family member, or one of his businesses, writes The Washington Post. The Post reported during the presidential campaign about Mr. Trump's apparent use of foundation funds for personal or business expenditures.

Trump Team Says Charity Will Not Fund Trump University Deal: Representatives of the president-elect notified New York State's attorney general that the Donald J. Trump Foundation would not help pay for the $25 million settlement of lawsuits alleging fraud by Trump University, reports The New York Times. In the past, the charity has provided more than quarter of a million dollars to settle legal matters involving Mr. Trump's businesses.

Banks Restrict Money Flow for Charities Serving Refugees: Attempting to stem potential funding sources for terrorist groups, U.S. and European banks have closed accounts of several nonprofits that run refugee programs in Syria, Turkey, and Lebanon, preventing them from serving people in need and forcing field staff to work without pay, writes The Wall Street Journal. In related news, Fast Company reports on changes at the International Rescue Committee since David Miliband, formerly Britain's foreign secretary, became the refugee charity's CEO in 2013.

Holocaust Museum Denounces Neo-Nazi Nonprofit After D.C. Gathering: The museum issued a statement condemning the National Policy Institute's "hateful rhetoric" after the white-nationalist organization held a conference at which its leader hailed Donald Trump's election victory with a Nazi salute, Politico reports. The restaurant that hosted the event pledged $10,000 to the D.C. office of the Anti-Defamation League to apologize for its involvement, according to Washington City Paper.

NYC Melting-Pot Museum Sees Spike in Anti-Immigrant Sentiment: New York's Tenement Museum, which focuses on immigration to the United States, has seen an uptick in the number of visitor comments disparaging modern immigrants, Reuters reports. Guides are participating in training to help them handle negative comments during tours.

Calif. Judge Backs Conservative Nonprofit in Disclosure Case: A federal court ruled in favor of advocacy group the Thomas More Law Center, which sued to block California's attorney general from getting access to its donor list, reports Law 360.