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Wash Post: Trump's Charity Donations Don't Come from Own Pocket

By    |   Sunday, 10 Apr 2016 10:53 PM

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump's claim to have given $102 million to charity over the past five years doesn't completely add up, with many of the donations being free rounds of golf from his numerous courses or money given by his foundation, which is funded by others, The Washington Post reports.

The Post sorted through a 93-page list of 4,844 donations provided by the Trump campaign and found that none of the donations came out Trump's own pocket.

Trump instead gave away free rounds of golf at his courses for charity auctions and raffles.

He also counted a piece of property he gave to New York state more than five years ago – outside the timeline claimed.

A large number of the gifts came from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, to which Trump did not contribute between 2008 and 2014.

In one case, he claimed $1,136.56 had been given to the "Serena William [sic] Group," but a spokeswoman for the tennis player said Trump had not donated to her charity. He had flown her on his plane to a ribbon cutting at a new tennis center at his Loudoun County, Virginia, golf course. He also gave Williams a free, framed picture of herself.

Trump's giving also appears to mostly coincide with his business dealings, and, recently, with his presidential campaign, according to the Post. His much publicized gift last week to the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York came from his foundation after he visited the museum heading into New York's primary.

The Post said it gave the Trump campaign a list of its findings, but the campaign did not respond to most of its questions and would not make Trump available for an interview.

The Post contrasted Trump's foundation to that of media magnate Sumner Redstone, who is tied with Trump at 324th on the Forbes list of richest people in the world.

In 2014, Redstone's company gave $28 million to his own foundation, and the foundation gave $31 million to charity.

The Trump Foundation donated $591,000.

"He's using [the foundation] as a kind of checkbook, with other people's money," Leslie Lenkowsky of Indiana University’s school of philanthropy told the Post.

"Not a good model. It's not wrong. It's not unique. But it's poor philanthropy," Lenkowsky said.

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