Saturday, April 20, 2024

Trump Lied About How Much He Raised for Vets in 2016: Less Than Half the $6 Mil Claimed


In light of the Form 990 I’ve just seen for the Donald Trump Foundation, it’s now completely clear he lied about how much money he gave to veterans’ groups in 2016.

Trump initially claimed he raised $6 million. That was knocked down to $5.6 million. On CNN, Corey Lewandowski, his lackey, said Trump took in $4.5 million.

According to the Form 990 the Donald J. Trump Foundation submitted to the IRS, the number was less than $3 million. The total was $2,865,683.

The money came from just five donors: Ike Perlmutter, Phil Ruffin– each of whom gave $1 million. Another $100,000 from Ivanka Trump. Plus $50,000 from two smaller donors.  That came to $2.2 million of the total. The rest– $665,683– came from the Trump Foundation, a typical annual amount they would give to charity anyway.

In other words, all that bluster, all that time wasted, and Trump failed to motivate his base to give a penny to veterans’ causes. None of the people who show up at the crazy rallies donated anything. No one.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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