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     Since the first day of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has said that he gave more than $102 million to charity in the past five years.
     To back up that claim, Trump’s campaign compiled a list of his contributions — 4,844 of them, filling 93 pages.

     You said you’ve given more than $100 million to charity over the last five years,” The Washington Post’s Drew Hartwell challenged the billionaire celebrity during an interview. “But when you look into the money that was given to the Donald J. Trump Foundation,” he added, “you haven’t donated any actual money.”

     Although Donald Trump has described himself as an “ardent philanthropist,” he has only donated $3.7 million to his own foundation. In comparison, a wrestling company has given Trump’s foundation $5 million. He ranks among the least charitable billionaires in the world.

     Donald Trump bid on a dinner with Salma Hayek and a tour of the famed Chataeu Latour vineyard at a charity gala — but never went on the trip, according to an aide. Tax records show the donation was made by his foundation, not himself.
     At a glittering 2008 gala hosted by Gucci to benefit Madonna’s charity, Donald Trump bid 

Trump Promised Millions to Charity.

We Found Less than $10,000 over 7 Years

Report:Trump Took Credit for Charity Donations

He Didn’t Personally Make

Donald Trump’s Charitable Donations Don’t Come From His Own Money

The Weekly Standard 10:11 PM, Jan 27, 2016 | By John McCormack

Published June 29, 2016 Politics MoneyTips.com

By David A. Fahrenthold The Washington Post September 10, 2016 at 9:02PM

Michael Isikoff Chief Investigative Correspondent Yahoo News September 9, 2016

     What a generous guy.You've probably heard that Republican front-runner Donald Trump has a charitable foundation through which he donates to different causes. In fact, Trump's campaign claims he's given $102 million to charity in the past five years. The weird thing, though? According to The Washington Post, the Donald J. Trump Foundation doesn't really donate money from the pockets of Donald J. Trump.

For Years, Trump's Charity Gave Veterans Little More than Peanuts

     The Washington Post has been on a fact-checking mission regarding Donald Trump’s claims of having donated millions of dollars to charity.  After reaching out to over 200 charities with ties to Donald Trump, they have only been able to find one personal donation from Trump to a charity, totaling less than $10,000.

By David A. Fahrenthold and Danielle Rindler, The Washington Post August 18, 2016

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     “I think I knew there was going to be a lot of futility to the process. I was looking for a way to make the futility look interesting and give people something to follow.”
     Washington Post politics reporter David Fahrenthold is trying to find evidence of Donald Trump’s charitable donations, but he’s running out of paper.

A 93-Page List of Donald Trump's Charitable Contributions from

the Last Five Years

     In 24 hours, Fahrenthold has reported that Trump's foundation is seemingly guilty of a pay-to-play scam and false claims of giving on its tax forms. These are real scandals, unlike the accusations about the Clinton foundation.

     Working from transcripts, YouTube clips, online recaps, and public tax records, the Post examined “21 separate instances where Trump had pledged money to a celebrity’s cause” totaling $464,000.

By Daily News Bin | September 9, 2016

     The Donald says he gives away millions worth of land—but sometimes only after his efforts to develop it fail.

Trump Foundation Donations Came from Other Charities

     In May, under pressure from the news media, Donald Trump made good on a pledge he made four months earlier: He gave $1 million to a nonprofit group helping veterans’ families.
     Before that, however, when was the last time that Trump had given any of his own money to a charity?If Trump stands by his promises, such donations should be occurring all the time.

The Washington Post has contacted more than 250 charities with some ties to the GOP nominee in an effort to find proof of the millions he has said he donated to them. We’ve mostly been unsuccessful.For months, The Washington Post has been looking for evidence to back up a key claim Donald Trump makes about himself: that, in recent years, he has given millions of dollars to charity out of his own pocket.

Andrew Kaczynski   BuzzFeed News Reporter  July 8, 2016, at 12:54 p.m. 

by Ben Davis News Examiner {UK} August 11, 2015

Gentlemen's Quarterly By Jack Moore April 11, 2016 8:48 am

By Ricardo Bilton - Nieman Foundation at Harvard -  @rbilton Sept. 9, 2016, 9:30 a.m.

Trump Charity Gave $100,000 to David Bossie’s Citizens United that Helped Fund Lawsuit Against Mogul’s Foe

     It turns out the Donald Trump Foundation is in deeper trouble with the IRS than merely the one illegal donation it made to a public official who was investigating Trump at the time – far deeper trouble. While Trump has refused to release his own tax returns, his Foundation’s tax records are publicly available. Those tax records claim that the Trump Foundation made donations to a number of legitimate charities. But five of those charities now say they never received any such donations, meaning that Foundation appears to have lied to the IRS on tax documents – which is a felony.

How One Washington Post Reporter Uses Pen and Paper to Make His Tracking of Trump Get Noticed

But, in that massive list, one thing was missing.
     Not a single one of those donations was actually a personal gift of Trump’s own money.Instead, according to a Washington Post analysis, many of the gifts that Trump cited to prove his generosity were free rounds of golf, given away by his courses for charity auctions and raffles.

     The billionaire used the Donald J. Trump Foundation to mislead the public—and to funnel cash to an elected prosecutor poised to investigate Trump University.

Conor Friedersdorf The Atlantic September 13, 2016 1:32 PM ET

     Everything Donald Trump does, he does for charity.
     His bait-and-switch scheme of a real-estate school? A large part of its proceeds went to those in need. Same with his terrible vodka company, his branded board game, and his campaign book, Crippled America. 

     But the event could come off as a cheap political stunt exploiting veterans, especially because the Donald J Trump Foundation has been far from generous to veterans organizations over the years.

Donald Trump’s Habit of Lying about Charitable
Donations Could Land Him in Legal Trouble

Donald Trump: The Least Charitable Billionaire in The World

      Virtually all of the contributions made by Donald Trump’s foundation reportedly came from other charities — with The Donald just passing the money along

Trump & False Promises about his
Charitable Donations in the Media

Trump Bought $120,000 Luxury Trip with

Trump Foundation Money at 2008 Charity Auction

Missing from Trump’s List of Charitable Giving: His Own Personal Cash

Have You Given More Cash to Charity Than Donald Trump?

“New York values,” which Cruz has since claimed were only meant to apply to liberal Democrats. “We have the greatest values,” Trump said. “Nobody has values like us.”

     Donald Trump draws great attention to everything he does, and his charitable works are no different. Trump has claimed on the campaign trail that he has given over $102 million to charity in the last five years.
     Normally, these statements might be given a cursory review, but when you run for president, such claims will be given even greater scrutiny.

There is no evidence of that in the files of Trump's nonprofit, the Donald J. Trump Foundation. And Trump has not released his tax returns, which would detail his recent charitable giving.

How Donald Trump Retooled his Charity to Spend Other People’s Money

By David A. Fahrenthold and Rosalind S. Helderman April 10, 2016 


Charity, Donald Trump-Style

By Sarah Jones Politicus USA Fri, Sep 2nd, 2016 at 1:10 pm

By New York Post Staff  September 11, 2016 | 9:32am

Searching for Evidence of Trump’s Personal Giving

     This list includes 4,844 individual gifts, which add up to more than $102 million over five years. A Washington Post analysis found that the bulk of them were actually free rounds of golf, given away by Trump's courses for local charity auctions and raffles. In addition, the $26 million land donation at the top of the first page was actually from 2006, too old to be counted on the list....

     Tonight, Eric Trump told the Republican National Convention in Cleveland that philanthropic work is “the essence of who we are as human beings.  It’s the barometer by which we will be measured by our time here on earth.” If that’s true, then his father has a lot to answer for. Despite talking a big game about charity, there is little evidence of The Donald actually giving philanthropic donations. 

     As recently as last year Donald Trump declared himself an "ardent philanthropist." When he announced his candidacy for president in June, he released a financial statement that noted he has given away more than $102 million worth of land over the past five years to organizations that promote public open space.The lofty figure, however, comes with an important qualifier he didn't mention: Mr. Trump has given away properties only after his efforts to develop at least some of them failed.

     Indeed, Trump’s come up millions short of his promises. And we’ll never know the actual details of Trump’s supposed charitable giving as long as he continues to refuse to release his tax records. It all stands in stark contrast to the Clinton Foundation’s transparent—and substantial—record of improving millions of lives. 

Trump Repeatedly Promises to Donate, But Rarely Does

​Thanks to some good old-fashioned reporting, we now have a good idea of how little Donald Trump has given
     Donald Trump was in Albany on Monday night, speaking to another big crowd and complaining about how Ted Cruz was robbing him of delegates in places like Colorado and Louisiana. With an eye toward next week’s primary in the Empire State, Trump also reminded the audience of Cruz’s derisive statements about 

How Donald Trump Exploited Charity for Personal Gain

     The Associated Press (AP) and the Washington Post have obliged with a look at Trump & charitable foundation and his philanthropic claims. Both conclude that Trump has made plenty of charitable donations, but has done so using little, if any, of his own cash.

The Charities Donald Trump Gave Money To and What It Says

About His Candidacy

Trump is the Corrupt Candidate with a Charity Problem

Not Hillary Clinton

     Donald Trump says he's skipping the final debate before the Iowa caucuses on Thursday night because he's upset with Fox News and debate moderator Megyn Kelly. Trump will instead hold a "special event to benefit veterans organizations" in Iowa, according to a campaign press release. 

Fact Check: Trump’s Secretive, Non-Existent Philanthropy

David Bossie, who is now Trump’s deputy campaign manager, could raise fresh questions about whether Trump has used his tax-exempt charity to further political and personal causes.

By Eric Levitz New York Magazine June 20, 2016

By John Cassidy ~ The New Yorker April 12, 2016

Correct the Record July 20, 2016 

more than $100,000 for a trip to Paris, earning him press from New York to London. But most of the money he used wasn’t his. It came from his foundation, to which he had donated just $30,000 that year.Type your paragraph here.

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By David A. Fahrenthold The Washington Post June 28, 2016

     Last May, Donald Trump evaded questions about his charitable giving in a way that couldn’t help but raise the suspicions of most everyone privy to the exchange. Trump, of course, cultivates an image of extravagant generosity. “You said you’re an ardent philanthropist. 

Eric Trump: My Dad Has Donated Millions to My Charity and

I Can Prove it! No Wait, On Second Thought I Can’t

Five Charities Say They Never Received Money that the
Donald Trump Foundation Told IRS it had Donated

      Donald Trump’s charitable foundation gave $100,000 in 2014 to a conservative activist group that was used to help finance a federal lawsuit against New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman — the same public official who was suing the real estate mogul for fraud over the operations of Trump University.
     The size and timing of the donation to the Citizens United Foundation, an arm of the sprawling conservative network run by 

     In the 15 years prior to the veterans donation, Trump promised to donate earnings from a wide variety of his moneymaking enterprises: “The Apprentice.” Trump Vodka. Trump University. A book. Another book. If he had honored all those pledges, Trump’s gifts to charity would have topped $8.5 million.

By Aaron Elstein  Crain’s New York-  July 31, 2015 12:01 a.m. Updated 01/29/2016

     Since early May, Fahrenthold has painstakingly chased Trump’s claims of giving millions of dollars of his own money to charities. So far, the investigation hasn’t turned up much evidence of that. Fahrenthold has contacted over 350 charities over the past few months, a process that he’s methodically tracked on 12 sheets of legal paper using three different colors of pen. He’s periodically posted the list to Twitter in an effort to both crowdsource suggestions on where to search next and to add a layer of transparency to his entire reporting process.

     Donald Trump likes to take credit for charitable donations that he didn’t actually make, according to a new report. That’s the claim in a new Washington Post report that looks at the personal gifts that Trump promised to give to the charities of contestants who were “fired” from his show Celebrity Apprentice.
     The Washington Post tracked all the “personal” gifts that Trump promised on the show—during 83 episodes and seven seasons, but could not confirm a single case in which Trump actually sent a gift from his own pocket.

     Or so the GOP nominee has claimed. In truth, there is no evidence that a man who self-describes as “greedy, greedy, greedy” decided to run most of his business ventures like nonprofits. And that could put him in violation of New York State regulations on deceptive business practices and charitable solicitations, Politico reports.

     Donald Trump was in a tuxedo, standing next to his award: a statue of a palm tree, as tall as a toddler. It was 2010, and Trump was being honored by a charity — the Palm Beach Police Foundation — for his “selfless support” of its cause.  

     His support did not include any of his own money. 

​     Instead, Trump had found a way to give away somebody else’s money and claim the credit for himself.

By Jeremy Stahl  Slate Aug. 18 2016 6:36 PM