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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up during a church service at Great Faith Ministries, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Report: Tax records show Trump hasn't given to his own foundation since 2008


Donald Trump has not given any of his own money to the Donald Trump Foundation for years, The Washington Post reports

The organization began accepting donations from other people in 2001, and by 2008, Trump no longer donated at all. Instead, the foundation solicited other people's money, which was then given by the foundation to charitable causes. In one case, Trump solicited a $150,000 donation from the Charles Evans Foundation and was later honored for giving that same amount to the Palm Beach Police Foundation. 

The foundation was being used basically to promote a moneymaking fraudulent venture...That's not what charities are supposed to do.
Tim Kaine, Democratic VP nominee

In recent weeks, Trump has come under fire after it was found that he donated $25,000 to a prosecutor who later opted not to investigate  Trump University

Report: Tax records show Trump hasn't given to his own foundation since 2008

Trump denied that he and that prosecutor, Pam Bondi, had spoken about that donation.

The Post reports Trump's foundation is very small for someone of Trump's wealth. The most money it ever recorded having was $3.2 million in 2009. Oprah Winfrey's foundation reportedly has $252 million. 

The Clinton Foundation, <b>which has faced</b>  <b>scandals of its own,</b>  had $440 million in assets by the end of 2014. 

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Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump's children Donald Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump celebrate on the convention floor during the second day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The members of the Trump Foundation's board are Trump, his children Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka, and one employee of Trump Organization. There are no paid staffers, according to the Post.

Charity is you give something of yourself... It's not something that you raise money from one side to spend it on the other.
Leslie Lenkowsky, professor at Indiana University

One expert told the Post the foundation was effectively not a charity at all.

In fact, it may have broken IRS rules - the Post found five cases where the foundation said it had given a gift that was never received. 

Should the Trump Foundation be punished?

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