Some Thoughts on the Latest Trump Scandal

Trump Family

According to THIS STORY, Donald Trump's foundation charged Eric Trump's foundation to host a golf tournament to raise funds for children's cancer research.  "'I don't care if it's my son or not — everybody gets billed,'" a source quotes the now-President as saying ten years ago.

What's alleged is that the Trumps "(led) donors ... to believe that a much bigger chunk of their money would go directly to the fundraiser's chosen cause."  

I've played in several charity golf tournaments.  I've always expected that funds would be split between paying the course (and any celebrities paid to show up there) and the charity.  Most charities will announce after that $XXX,XXX was raised for the charity, and everyone's happy.

The Chronicle reports that, in nine years time, over $11 million was raised for children's cancer research through the golf tournament.  The costs "funneled" from one Trump foundation to the other is alleged to be $1.2 million, or approx. $133,000 per year, which doesn't sound to me to be unreasonable for groups to reserve a top-of-the-line golf course, complete with meals and drinks and celebrities and prizes or whatever they couldn't get donated.

Any charity director would be a fool not to spend $1.2 million to get $11 million for the organization.  I fail to see the scandal here.



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