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This photo made in the Associated Press Washington bureau on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 shows a copy of a check provided by the New York state attorney general that shows a payment of $25,000 from the Donald J. Trump Foundation to And Justice For All signed by Donald J. Trump. The $25,000 check was sent from his personal foundation to a political committee supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Charities are barred from engaging in political activities. Trump’s campaign contends that the 2013 check from the Trump Foundation was mistakenly issued following a series of clerical errors and that Trump intended to use personal funds. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

The Trump Foundation admitted to breaking the law by 'self-dealing' in a new tax filing


The Donald J. Trump Foundation admitted to the IRS that it broke a rule against "self-dealing," in which charity leaders use donated money for personal gain.

The Washington Post reports the admission was in the 2015 tax filings for the foundation, which were posted Monday night on Guidestar, a nonprofit-tracking site. The Post could not confirm if the same forms were sent to the IRS.

Money disbursed to 'disqualified' people

Specifically, a question if the foundation had transferred money to a "disqualified" person. That would include Trump, as the foundation president, or his family or a Trump business. That form was checked "yes."

Another question asked if the foundation had engaged in self-dealing, which was also checked "yes."

This could force Trump to pay excise taxes and/or repay the self-dealt money.

Trump was harshly critical of the Clinton Foundation, calling it "criminal."

A $20K jumbo-sized portrait

The Trump Foundation is currently under investigation from the New York Attorney General.

The foundation has been accused of questionable dealings before. In one case, Trump used $285,000 in foundation funds on personal legal issues. He also infamously paid $12,000 for a football helmet signed by Tim Tebow and $20,000 for a jumbo-sized portrait of himself.

Trump critics were not surprised.

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