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August 09, 2016

Watchdog Group Says Trump Charity Mixed Giving and Politics

A liberal government-watchdog organization called Monday for the Internal Revenue Service to review the Donald J. Trump Foundation’s tax-exempt status, claiming involvement by the charity in its founder’s presidential campaign, The Daily Beast and The Washington Post report.

The complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, cites donations to veterans charities that were made through the foundation and touted by Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, at campaign events. At rallies during the primary season, Mr. Trump presented nonprofit leaders with oversize checks bearing the foundation’s name and his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

The foundation appears to be “participating in Mr. Trump’s campaign and advocating for Mr. Trump’s nomination and election,” in violation of IRS rules governing charities, according to the CREW complaint. The organization is allied with David Brock, who leads political groups backing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.