When reporters asked Donald Trump months after his veterans fundraiser where the money went — including whether Donald had, indeed, donated $1 million — he told them he didn’t have to account for the funds.
When Donald Trump announced that he would be giving a press conference today to discuss his misdealings with veterans groups, members of the media covering his remarks should have known they were in for a wild ride.
The billionaire developer’s latest stunt was all about him, not helping those who served. While he did raise $6 million, those funds all went to the Donald J. Trump Foundation — a tax-exempt non-profit entity that generally gives barely $1 million a year to charity.
By Dave Altimari, The Hartford Courant HARTFORD, Conn. — The distribution of donations made to Newtown following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was so problematic that it has likely left “a permanent fracture in the community,” First Selectwoman Pat Llodra said Friday. Llodra and Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi Jr. appeared before the state’s Sandy […]
By Michael Linhorst, Melissa Hayes and Herb Jackson, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) HACKENSACK, N.J. — The law firm that cleared New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie of any involvement in the George Washington Bridge scandal gave $10,000 to a national political group he heads, a disclosure made public hours after the governor said donors like that should […]
When it comes to campaign finance, it’s difficult to find the “good guys.” The Republicans are relying heavily on donations from political action committees, but the Democrats are simultaneously criticizing donations from special interests while still accepting their money. These special interests can range from seemingly innocuous policy groups to huge corporations. In any case, […]
Obama was always going to out-raise the Republicans, but that he has surpassed their combined total–by a factor of two–is somewhat staggering: Republicans, of course, have more corporate spending, especially on new groups where donations are unlimited and need not be disclosed, at their disposal. But if the president can raise this much now–with 98% […]
The Vatican, having had a rough stretch financially, is back above water, though apparently donations from the faithful are down from last year: Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Vatican officials believed the main reasons for the decrease were related to the lingering effects of the financial crisis on Catholics’ ability to donate, and […]
A new report from the Justice Policy Institute argues that private prisons have successfully lobbied the government to enact policies that result in more people going to prison. The logic: If more people go to prison, the richer the private prison companies get. The report found that private prison corporations prefer to donate to politicians […]