Donald Trump loves riling up crowds against “Crooked Hillary.” Alas, his own bribery scandal turned out to be a family affair. Ivanka Trump also gave money to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s campaign in 2013, according to the Huffington Post.
‘Trump has claimed that Bondi was merely a candidate he knew well and supported politically. But his fundraising efforts were extensive: In addition to the $25,000 donation, Trump and his daughter Ivanka gave $500 each to Bondi in the fall of 2013. The following year, Ivanka and her father donated a total of $125,000 to the Republican Party of Florida.’
That’s right. On top of the $25,000 Donald Trump’s foundation gave to Janet Bondi’s campaign (illegally — the IRS fined him $2,500), he and his daughter Ivanka Trump donated $500 each.
You can see the records for Donald Trump’s and Ivanka Trump’s donations for yourself by searching the Florida Dept. of State’s Campaign Finance Database.
The GOP White House hopeful made his contribution on July 15, 2013. As noted in the tweet below, Ivanka Trump’s donation came on Sept. 10, a week before her dad’s foundation donated that $25,000 to Janet Bondi’s campaign.
Ivanka donated to Bondi's reelect a week before the Trump Foundation donated $25k to her PAC. Donald 2mo earlier. pic.twitter.com/1Yyqc21K6Z
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) September 5, 2016
And then there’s the $125,000 the two of them donated to the state’s Republican Party. Not to mention that lavish fundraiser Donald Trump hosted for Pam Bondi at his posh Mar-a-Lago resort.
And suddenly — poof! — the State of Florida’s AG Office declined to pursue that pesky case against Trump University. Even though it was a classic get-rich-quick scam that preyed on financially struggling people trying to get ahead. Even though Trump U was so egregious, Donald Trump now faces multiple lawsuits and possible RICO charges.
By strange coincidence, the alleged tycoon also donated $35,000 to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott when he ran for office in 2013 and 2014. At the time, Abbot was also an attorney general who just happened to drop a probe of Trump University back in 2010. This time, a search in the Texas Ethics Commission‘s database revealed that Ivanka Trump did not join her father in bestowing their family largesse.
Here’s the record of Donald Trump’s $25,000 donation to Texans for Greg Abbot in 2013.
And here’s the one from 2014.
The funds for Greg Abbot came from His Hairness’s own pocket, rather than his foundation. No wonder: The Trump Foundation has no staff and has made no major grants since that $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation back in 2009.
Ivanka Trump has feet of clay.
It’s surprising that Ivanka Trump would get caught paying off the likes of Pam Bondi. After all, she’s seen as everything her father is not: elegant, competent, diligent, tactful, more circumspect, and even more ethical.
Alas, her gloss dulls on closer inspection. For starters, she got trashed for not paying her interns, called out for not offering paid maternity leave at her company, and sued for stealing another fashion company’s designs. And then there’s Ivanka Trump’s involvement in the Trump Ocean Resort fiasco. Buyers paid $32.5 million in deposits for vacation condos in Baja, Mexico that never got built. The venture went bust in 2009 and the Trump family wound up settling the lawsuit.
Watch: The Trump-Bondi scandal explained.
Did Donald Trump pay off a politician to stop her from investigating his shady Trump University? https://t.co/CkzDKpLW89
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) September 7, 2016
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