The Washington Post released a lengthy expose on Donald Trump’s charity Sunday, following up previous reports that the Republican presidential candidate hasn’t donated to The Trump Foundation himself since 2008. Trump started the “small charity” in 1987 as the sole donor — claiming to want to give away some proceeds from The Art Of The Deal — until accepting outside donations in 2001. Today, the bulk of the foundation’s money comes from outside donations and Trump then seems to spend them as if they his own according to The Washington Post:
The Donald J. Trump Foundation is not like other charities. An investigation of the foundation — including examinations of 17 years of tax filings and interviews with more than 200 individuals or groups listed as donors or beneficiaries — found that it collects and spends money in a very unusual manner.
For one thing, nearly all of its money comes from people other than Trump. In tax records, the last gift from Trump was in 2008. Since then, all of the donations have been other people’s money — an arrangement that experts say is almost unheard of for a family foundation.
Trump then takes that money and generally does with it as he pleases.