Trump’s unprecedented troubles with our nation’s veterans are spilling over into a second week of gaffes – and possible crimes. On Monday, the Trump Foundation was accused of violating federal campaign laws with its donations to veterans groups, involving themselves in politics and violating the foundation’s tax exempt status. If the intentionally starved Internal Revenue Service can scrounge up enough resources to look into the matter, the Trump Foundation could lose its charitable status and Trump himself may be on the receiving end of substantial excise taxes.
The Daily Beast has discovered that the Trump Foundation has been unashamedly coordinating with the Trump presidential campaign for months and was being used as a “political slush fund” to funnel funds to charities in key primary battleground states.
“The Trump Foundation has a history of engaging in inappropriate political activity. The law strictly bans charitable foundations from engaging in political activity. The IRS should immediately investigate these apparent repeated violations of the law” said Noah Bookbinder, executive director of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
So to review, when Donald Trump isn’t keeping the money that he raised on behalf of veterans or getting people to donate to fake charities, he’s violating both tax and campaign finance laws with what little money he did donate to our veterans.
On top of last week’s highly publicized verbal sparring with the family of slain war hero Capt. Humayun Khan, this latest incident just goes to show how callously Donald Trump exploits our veterans for cheap political points and then turns his back on them when it’s no longer convenient for him. It also highlights Trump’s eagerness to cut corners and work the system for his own gain. Both traits show an abhorrent lack of moral fortitude and paint the picture of a conniving charlatan who will do whatever it takes to get ahead – traits most inappropriate for the Presidency of the United States.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.