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WashPost: Trump's Charity Claims Not Supported By Donations

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By    |   Tuesday, 28 Jun 2016 09:36 PM

Donald Trump has promised to give millions to charity over the years — but aside from the $1 million he gave a nonprofit group for veterans in May, the presumptive Republican nominee has donated a total of $2.8 million in the 15 years before last month's gift.

That amount is about a third of what the developer has pledged over that period, The Washington Post reports. Trump made the donations through a foundation he organized to give away his money.

But the foundation has given nothing away since 2009 — and records show that Trump has made no contributions to his foundation since 2008, the Post reports.

If Trump had honored the pledges he had made over those 15 years, his giving would have surpassed $8.5 million.

The Post based its report on an extensive search of records dating back to the late 1980s and by reaching out to a wide range of nonprofit organizations that have a connection to Trump.

In the period between 2008 and last month, the Post said it approached 188 charities, basing their search on whether they had received money from his foundation, whether he appeared at charity events and whether he had praised them publicly.

Only one donation during that period was located by the Post, for instance, a gift of $5,000 and $9,999 to the Police Athletic League of New York City.

Trump and his campaign remain adamant about his financial giving — and the Post noted that no gifts could be confirmed because Trump has not released his tax information.

Hope Hicks, the campaign's spokeswoman, "did not respond to repeated questions" from the Post. Trump revoked the newspaper's press credentials earlier this month.

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Donald Trump has promised to give millions to charity over the years — but aside from the $1 million he gave a nonprofit group for veterans in May, the presumptive Republican nominee has donated a total of $2.8 million in the 15 years before last month's gift.
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