WASHINGTON, January 8, 2016 — President Elect Donald Trump and his guilty-by-association family have been under intense scrutiny by the left and the mainstream media.
Trump’s charitable foundation was under the magnifying glass when GuideStar, a nonprofit information center, recently released a 2015 tax filing from the foundation showing that the New York-based nonprofit checked “yes” to the question about whether the foundation transferred: “any income or assets to a disqualified person (or make any of either available for the benefit or use of a disqualified person).”
But it does not say who, when or where this allegedly happened.
Just prior to the holidays, the media and liberal groups began questioning the Eric Trump Foundation. In response, Trump senior said that Eric is being targeted by association and that innocent children with cancer will suffer if he is not able to continue his fundraising efforts.
How much charity money Eric Trump has raised was heavily debated in the press; the president-elect claimed his son raised $15 million. A hospital official from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of Tennessee independently reported that the Eric Trump Foundation actually raised more than the President-Elect’s estimate.
Richard C. Shadyac Jr., president of St. Jude’s fundraising organization, wrote a letter to the president-elect on December 30th saying that Eric Trump raised more than $16.3m through hosting marathons, golf outings and online auctions.
Mr. Shaydac also aid:
“I am amazed by the many ways that you have personally embraced our cause and cared for our children and families. As you are aware, we are expanding our lifesaving work and are working to push cure rates even higher in this country and around the world, while improving the lives of survivors by developing and advancing treatments that reduce side effects.”
Shaydac went on to say that people like the Trump family are the reason why progress in pediatric cancer has been possible.
“We are only able to do this because of the support provided by donors and supporters like you.”
The group’s mission statement declares:
Founded in 2006, The Eric Trump Foundation (ETF) is dedicated to raising money for children battling life-threatening diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To date, the Foundation has donated $16.3 million directly to St. Jude.
Through direct personal involvement and financial assistance, we strive to advance the medical and emotional needs of sick children at St. Jude and demand that our monetary donations are transformed into real results.
By using only Trump owned and operated facilities, full-time volunteers, donated food/beverage product & pro-bono celebrity performers, The Eric Trump Foundation maintains one of the lowest expense ratios of any charity in the country.
Barely noticed by the media, Eric Trump said before Christmas that he would stop soliciting contributions for his charitable foundation. He recognizes that his status as the president-elect’s son means that donors could try to use him to gain access to his father.
“As unfortunate as it is, I understand the quagmire,” Trump said. “You do a good thing that backfires.”
Much of the quagmire that Trump refers to followed criticism of an online auction that the Eric Trump Foundation sponsored offering a chance to have coffee with his sister Ivanka, who has a new found popularity following her father’s election.
The New York Times wrote:
The criticism intensified over the weekend after an invitation was drafted offering a hunting trip with Eric Trump or his brother Donald Jr. in exchange for donations of $500,000 or $1 million to a new charity that friends of Eric Trump had created this month with his apparent consent, according to legal documents.
Those that see evil in the crotch of a tree saw this as a way to sell presidential influence. Donald Trump ran his campaign without accepting donations, and therefore owes no individual or group any reciprocity.
The people who voted in Donald Trump may want to celebrate January 20th with an inauguration day GoFundMe to benefit St. Jude, sending a message to those who would deny these children the largess of his son’s charity.