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October 03, 2016

N.Y. Orders Trump Foundation to Cease Fundraising in the State

New York’s top charity regulator has barred the Donald J. Trump Foundation from soliciting contributions because it lacks state authorization to engage in fundraising, The Washington Post and The New York Times report.

The Charities Bureau of the state attorney general’s office issued a “notice of violation” after the Post reported that the New York City-based foundation has never registered under article 7A of New York’s Executive Law, as is required for organizations that raise more than $25,000 a year from the public. The Trump Foundation has, since 2008, relied on donors other than its namesake founder, and earlier this year it conducted a national online drive to raise money for veterans organizations.

The state requires 7A charities to undergo rigorous outside audits. The attorney general’s office ordered the Trump Foundation to submit, within 15 days, the legal paperwork required of groups that engage in public fundraising and to provide audit reports for past years in which it solicited donations.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, launched an investigation last month of the Republican presidential nominee’s charity. Mr. Trump’s campaign statement that it is “concerned about the political motives" behind the inquiry but the foundation “nevertheless intends to cooperate fully with the investigation.”