TRUMPED: In 5 Years, Donald Has Given Nothing to Charity

To use a term Trump will appreciate, "NADA!"

Maybe this is the reason GOP front-runner and pool of day-old marmalade Donald Trump didn’t want to release his financial records for the masses to enjoy. There’s a little something in there he may not want to reveal.

It’s an issue of public record that Donald Trump has told anyone who will listen that he gave more than $100 million to charity in the past five years.

To wit, Trump’s campaign compiled a list of his contributions4,844 of them, filling 93 pages.

While that may seem impressive and a great talking point for anyone in the GOP looking for proof for a brokered convention, the Washington Post shared one small issue — not a single one of those donations were taken from Trump’s personal coffers.

Not a single Trump dime was given to charity. In the past five years. 

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As you can see, this “ardent philanthropist” donates to “causes” like golf course, professional wrestling moguls and other athletes, luxury spas, and other interests that benefit him. You know, classy things like that, which most PR people would scurry away from.

When asked about The Post’s analysis, a top Trump aide acknowledged that none of the gifts had come in cash from the billionaire himself. But, he said, that was because the list was not a complete account of Trump’s gifts.

The aide, Allen Weisselberg, chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, said Trump had, in fact, given generously from his own pocket. But Weisselberg declined to provide any documentation, such as saying how much charitable giving Trump has declared in his federal tax filings.

“We want to keep them quiet,” said Weisselberg, who is also treasurer of the Trump Foundation. “He doesn’t want other charities to see it. Then it becomes like a feeding frenzy.”

Unfortunately for Weisselberg, the feeding frenzy is in full buffet mode now. PR folks, ready to donate a word of encouragement? Anyone?

 

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