Saturday, September 3, 2016

Clinton camp rips Trump over his foundation's IRS troubles

Under attack from Republicans over pay-for-play allegations, Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Friday took the opportunity to punch back, ripping Donald Trump over his own foundation's run-in with the Internal Revenue Service.

Trump's foundation — which the Clinton campaign refers to as the one “that has been caught in an actual pay-to-play scandal” — was forced to pay the IRS a $2,500 penalty this year following the revelation that the Trump Foundation improperly donated $25,000 to a political committee supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in 2013. The foundation failed to document the payment in its IRS filings. The fine was first revealed Thursday by the Washington Post.

The contribution came as Bondi was considering whether to investigate allegations of fraud at the now-defunct Trump University. Bondi ultimately declined to pursue the case, but for Trump’s nonprofit organization to donate to a political candidate is a potential violation of federal rules, as charities are barred from doing such.

Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri blasted Trump on Friday for “falsely attacking the charity run by President Clinton when it is Trump’s own Foundation that has been caught in an actual pay-to-play scandal.”

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