AG: Trump Foundation ends NY fundraising

ALBANY - State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday that the Trump Foundation will no longer solicit donations in New York.
 
The move comes after Schneiderman earlier this month ordered Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's charity to stop raising money, charging that the foundation violated state law.
 
Schneiderman's office said it was told Monday that the Trump organization would no longer raise money in New York, Schneiderman's spokesman Eric Soufer said.
 
"The Trump Foundation has agreed to desist from fundraising and to cooperate with our investigation, which is ongoing," he said in a statement.
 
Schneiderman accused the foundation of failing to register with his office, saying New York-based charities are required to register with his charities bureau before seeking funds.
 
Last month, Schneiderman's office said it started to investigate the Trump Foundation after articles by the Washington Post were critical of the foundation's giving.
 
In a statement, Trump's office said it was cooperating with the probe, saying it will take time to fulfill Schneiderman's requests.
 
"The Trump Foundation is cooperating with the Office of the New York Attorney General in its investigation of the foundation and, given the scope of the NY AG’s requests, is working with the NY AG to respond in a reasonable and timely manner," the statement said.
 
After Schneiderman's initial order, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks contended that the campaign remains "very concerned about the political motives" behind the Democratic attorney general's investigation, but would cooperate.
 
Schneiderman has an ongoing lawsuit against Trump University, claiming the program bilked customers.
 
JSpector@Gannett.com
Joseph Spector is chief of USA TODAY Network's Albany Bureau. 
 
 

 


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