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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump must pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit against his bogus charity, a New York judge ordered on Thursday.

The lawsuit was brought by the New York attorney general who said the Trump Foundation showed a “shocking pattern of illegality.” Trump and his defenders responded by saying the case was politically motivated, but the attorney general’s office marshaled substantial documentary evidence supporting the claims, now affirmed by a judge, that the president and his children who helped run the supposed charity engaged in wrongdoing. Separately, Washington Post reporter David Farenthold found substantial evidence that Trump had used the charity for his personal gain, rather than for charitable purposes.

“The Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments to not-for-profits from Mr. Trump or the Trump Organization,” wrote former Attorney General Barbara Underwood, who first filed the suit. One person who improperly received funds from the foundation was Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who requested a political donation from Trump and then declined to bring a suit against his bogus Trump University, even as New York proceeded with such a case.

On Thursday, New York Supreme Court Justice Salliann Scarpulla also found that Trump had illegally used the charity to support his 2016 presidential campaign.

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"Gun-toting" restaurateur Lauren Boebert came out ahead of incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton in the Republican primary for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District. She was described as a "guns rights activist" by Twitter, USA Today's headline read, "5-term Rep. Tipton backed by Trump loses in Colorado primary, upset by businesswoman Lauren Boebert," and The New York Times' headline about her victory read "Lauren Boebert, Gun-Rights Activist, Upsets House G.O.P. Incumbent in Colorado."

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