New York - The top state prosecutor in New York has notified Donald Trump that his charitable foundation is violating state law – by soliciting donations without proper certification – and ordered the charity to stop its fundraising immediately.
James Sheehan, head of the attorney general’s charities bureau, sent the “notice of violation” to the Donald J Trump Foundation on Friday, according to reports.
“The failure immediately to discontinue solicitation and to file information and reports... with the Charities Bureau shall be deemed to be a continuing fraud upon the people of the state of New York,” said the letter, subsequently posted online.
The move came after The Washington Post reported last week that the campaign lacked a required state certification that would allow it to request funding from the public. Trump organised a veterans’ event after cancelling a primary debate appearance in January and collected $1.67m (£1.3m) through a website directing donations to the foundation.
The newspaper said Trump’s charitable foundation, which has been sustained for years by donors outside the Trump family, has never obtained the certification that New York state requires before charities can solicit money from the public.