Eric Trump Foundation Under Heavy Scrutiny Amid Allegations That Charity Money Went to Trump Businesses

A groundbreaking new investigation by Forbes suggests that the Eric Trump Foundation funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars into Trump-owned businesses. If true, that would mean that donors were misled about where their money was actually going.

To give some context, every year, the Eric Trump Foundation hosts a golf tournament at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York. It is a fundraising event that benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Since the event is hosted on a Trump-owned golf course, Eric Trump claimed that he was able to use the property for free.

“We get to use our assets 100% free of charge,” Trump told Forbes.

But that turned out not to be true, as tax filings show that the Eric Trump Foundation did in fact pay to use the family-owned golf courses—to the tune of $1.2 million.

Ian Gillule, former membership and marketing director at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, said that while the foundation used to be able to use the golf course for free, that all changed when Donald Trump got wind of it.

“In the early years, they weren’t being billed [for the club]. The bills would just disappear,” Gillule told Forbes. “Mr. Trump had a cow. He flipped. He was like, ‘We’re donating all of this stuff, and there’s no paper trail? No credit?’ And he went nuts. He said, ‘I don’t care if it’s my son or not—everybody gets billed.'”

But that’s not the only fib that Eric Trump told. Eric Trump also told Forbes, “Our expenses on a tournament that made us somewhere in the $2 million range every year was somewhere around 100 grand.” But tax records show that costs soared as high as $322,000.

“They were wearing two hats,” said Patrick Langan, who worked at the golf club from 2006–2015. “You’re dealing with people talking about the event and the charity who also at the same time are thinking about it as a corporation and as a business. It’s a for-profit club. You know, they’re trying to make money.”

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5 Ways to Help on World Cancer Day

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February 4th was World Cancer Day. For cancer patients, caregivers, survivors, and supporters, this day is a source of hope and comfort. It’s a chance to share stories of courage, resilience, and inspiration. And it’s a chance to raise cancer awareness.

“Cancer” is a wide-sweeping word. It can be in just about any part of the body: blood, bone, breast, lungs, skin, organs. It doesn’t discriminate between children and adults, and is deadly in its mission. But research and treatments are improving, and bit by bit we are conquering the disease that has killed millions of people. World Cancer Day is a special day for all those affected by cancer. Here are five organizations who are helping support them:

1.    World Cancer Day: It’s simple. World Cancer Day (the organization) is an advocacy group that seeks to prevent cancer when possible and raise awareness both in the public and political realms.
2.     Stand Up To Cancer: Download the “I Stand Up For” placard from their website today and share pictures to honor those you know who have fought against cancer. Founded in 2008, Stand Up To Cancer has already raised over $80 million for cancer research and awareness campaigns.
3.    American Cancer Society: One of the biggest groups fighting against cancer, ACS has worked on prevention and research of cancer. It also offers support to cancer patients, survivors, and their families.
4.    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: St. Jude’s is a special place for children suffering and recovering from cancer. It is one of the top pediatric cancer hospitals in the country and the only one dedicated solely to children. A true pioneer in treatment and research, St. Jude’s serves nearly 8,000 children per year.
5.    National Breast Cancer Foundation: Breast cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, affecting thousands of women each year. NBCF works to save women’s lives by educating the public about early detection and prevention of breast cancer. It also offers support for women who have been affected by it.