Donald Trump’s foundation lacks certification for charities to solicit donations

Donald Trump. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Donald Trump. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold has been on the trail of Donald Trump’s family foundation for months, and may have just scored his biggest scoop yet: The Donald J. Trump Foundation never obtained the certification required in the state of New York to solicit donations from the public.

Citing the state attorney general’s records, the Washington Post reports that the foundation never obtained the registration required of charities that solicit more than $25,000 per year. If the state attorney general finds that Trump’s foundation raised this sum or more from public donations – likely, since Trump himself has not donated to the charity personally since 2007 – it could be ordered to cease fundraising activities, or even to refund the money it has raised.

The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Tax filings over the last decade show that the foundation raised more than $25,000 from non-Trump sources in every year since 2006. Additionally, the creation of a website for the foundation earlier this year led to the collection of $1.67 million from the general public.