When it comes to donating to charity, it is beginning to appear that Donald Trump is all bark and no bite. Recently, Politicoreported that Trump could be charged for breaking fraud laws because he claimed products and services like Trump University, Trump Vodka, and his books donated proceeds to charity — even though they didn't really. In April, Vanity Fairskewered Trump for bragging about his generosity, which ended up merely being donations of things like spa gift cards and free rounds of golf.
The investigation continued on Wednesday when Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold decided to get to the bottom of where Trump's alleged personal donations to charity were going. What he learned was...not so great:
1/Question: Before his $1M gift to vets in May, when was the last time @realdonaldtrump gave $1 of his own money to charity?
Way back in January, after getting into a spat with Fox News, Donald Trump decided to skip the presidential debate and hold a counter-event — a fundraiser for veterans charities. His campaign reportedly raised $6 million to be distributed to 22 different charities — money that many of the charities say they have never seen, and that Trump's campaign adviser for veterans issues can't account for, The Daily Beast reports.
To date, about half of the $6 million owed has been traced by CNN and The Wall Street Journal, but the remaining money is unaccounted for. When asked about it, Trump's campaign adviser for veterans issues Al Baldasaro said, "I could ask, but it's not high on my priority list." When pressed, he said, "I'm not concerned about it, because I know [Trump is] an honorable, honest guy... you guys just want to say, 'gotcha.'"
The charity Task Force Dagger told The Daily Beast that while they received $50,000 from the Steward J. Rahr Foundation, apparently on behalf of Trump, the campaign itself has not replied to the question of if they'd be offering a contribution as well.
"A highly publicized event such as Trump's fundraiser for veterans charities ought to disclose within a few months what it has done with the funds it has raised," Daniel Borochoff, the president of the watchdog group CharityWatch, told The Daily Beast. "Given the publicity surrounding the event, I believe timely delivery of the donations is in order." Jeva Lange