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June 28, 2016

Press Review Finds Scant Evidence Trump Kept Charity Pledges

Donald Trump has a longstanding habit of promising proceeds from his books and branding ventures to charity, but there is little documented proof that he has followed through, The Washington Post writes. The newspaper, which dogged Mr. Trump earlier this year over his pledges to veterans groups, searched public records and canvassed scores of nonprofits with ties to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and his family to examine his giving history.

According to the Post, Mr. Trump's pledges in connection with Trump University, Trump Vodka, his reality TV show, and other ventures could have yielded $8.5 million in gifts over the past 15 years. In that period, public records show $2.8 million in donations from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, to which Mr. Trump himself gave little of his own money.

Other than Mr. Trump's $1 million gift last month to a veterans charity, the newspaper was able to document one direct donation from the mogul-turned-politician since 2008 — a contribution of $5,000 to $9,999 to the Police Athletic League of New York City. The league was one of 11 charities, out of 88 that responded to the Post's inquiries, that confirmed a personal donation from Mr. Trump during his public life.

The candidate has declined to release his tax returns, which would list charitable activity. His campaign and business associates have repeatedly asserted that he regularly makes large personal donations but keeps them quiet. The campaign did not respond to a Post request for comment.