Presidential candidate Donald Trump allegedly used $150,000 of government funds after 9/11 for cleaning and repair costs rather than helping local small businesses.
he Republican said several times during the presidential campaign trail that he was awarded the sum for helping others after terrorists took down the Twin Towers in Manhattan, but according to an investigation by the New York Post, he claimed the taxpayers' money for “rent loss”, clean-up and repair costs for his nearby skyscraper on Wall Street.
The discovery was made through documents obtained from the Empire State Development Corporation, which carried out the recovery program after 9/11.
Officials told the newspaper that if Mr Trump had asked for the cash to be reimbursed for his charity work with small businesses, the claim would have been rejected.
“He’s clearly wrong. I saw him say that and he’s obviously wrong,” said David Catalfamo, a senior adviser to former New York City governor George Pataki.
Okay I am having another one of those episodes where I can't figure out if being an unscrupulous bottom feeder taking advantage of a national catastrophe makes Trump more, or less attractive to his base?
Which also makes me wonder how they feel about the fact that he also asked for, and received, donations to his "charity" which he then turned around and donated under his own name:
Instead, Trump had found a way to give away somebody else’s money and claim the credit for himself.
Trump had earlier gone to a charity in New Jersey — the Charles Evans Foundation, named for a deceased businessman — and asked for a donation.
Trump said he was raising money for the Palm Beach Police Foundation.
The Evans Foundation said yes. In 2009 and 2010, it gave a total of $150,000 to the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a small charity that the Republican presidential nominee founded in 1987.
Then, Trump’s foundation turned around and made donations to the police group in South Florida. In those years, the Trump Foundation’s gifts totaled $150,000.
Trump had effectively turned the Evans Foundation’s gifts into his own gifts, without adding any money of his own.
In fact all of the money the Trump Foundation has donated since 2008 has been other people's money, and none of it his own.
So instead of really giving ANY he actually made over a quarter million dollars and got paid for it.
Oh, and he also used $20,000 of the money donated to the Trump Foundation to buy himself this awesome painting of his favorite subject.
So please, please, please, please make sure you vote for Hillary Clinton in November.