Pam Bondi

Trump University Class Action Fraud CaseWikipedia “The Florida Attorney General’s office received at least 22 fraud complaints about Trump University. In [September 14] 2013 a spokesperson for Bondi announced that her office was considering joining a lawsuit initiated by New York’s Attorney General [Eric Schneiderman] against Trump regarding tax fraud.[19][20] Four days later ‘And Justice for All’, a political action committee (PAC) established by Bondi to support her re-election campaign, received a $25,000 donation from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, after which Bondi declined to join the lawsuit against Trump University. In June 2016, as Bondi was facing renewed criticism over the Trump donation and its aftermath, her spokesman said that Bondi personally solicited the donation from Trump several weeks before her office announced it was considering joining the lawsuit against him.[20][21][22] That claim called into question what the Trump Foundation had asserted about the nature of the donation three months earlier, in March 2016. After Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about the potentially illegal donation, the Trump Foundation stated that the donation had been made in error, and that the Foundation had intended for it to go not to Bondi’s PAC but instead to an unrelated Kansas non-profit called Justice for All.[23][24] When the controversy first arose in 2013, both the Bondi PAC and Donald Trump had defended the propriety of the political donation.[25][26] On March 14, 2016, Bondi endorsed Trump in the Florida presidential primary, saying she has been friends with Trump “for many years.”[27][28] In June 2016, a spokesperson for Governor Rick Scott stated that the state’s ethics commission is looking into the matter.[29] In September 2016, the IRS concluded that the donation to Bondi’s PAC violated laws against political contributions from nonprofit organizations, and ordered Donald Trump to pay a fine for the illegal contribution. Trump also reimbursed the foundation the sum that had been donated to Bondi.[30] Neither Bondi nor her PAC were fined or criminally charged for soliciting and accepting an illegal donation.” Wikipedia 

Click here to read the CREW Florida IG complaint July 6, 2016

Click here to read the CREW Florida Ethics Commission complaint.July 6, 2016

CREW FILES BONDI COMPLAINT WITH IG, ETHICS COMMISSION “July 6, 2016 — CREW filed a complaint with the Inspector General for Florida’s Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and the state’s Commission on Ethics requesting an investigation to determine whether Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi violated the law by failing to investigate or take legal action regarding complaints against Trump University and related entities after the Trump Foundation made a $25,000 contribution to a political committee supporting her.

In March, CREW filed an IRS complaint against the Trump Foundation for making the donation, which was illegal under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. The complaint came after CREW filed two Public Records Act requests with the Florida Office of the Attorney General on March 17 and March 22. The resulting documents showed that the OAG received at least 22 complaints regarding Trump University, the Trump Institute, and related entities between February 2008 and May 2011.” CREW

CREW FILES BONDI, TRUMP FOUNDATION COMPLAINT WITH DOJSeptember 13, 2016 — CREW filed a complaint with the Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting that it investigate whether Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi solicited a bribe from Donald J. Trump and whether Mr. Trump and the Donald J. Trump Foundation, Inc. paid a bribe to AG Bondi, both violations of federal criminal law. CREW further requested an investigation into whether the Trump Foundation violated federal criminal law by making false representations on multiple tax returns. The Trump Foundation falsely asserted on its 2013 tax return that it engaged in no political activity that year, and inaccurately reported that the money actually contributed to AG Bondi’s political organization was given to a Kansas tax-exempt group with a similar name. The Trump Foundation also appears to have made several additional false representations about who gave it contributions and to whom it gave grants.” CREW

Click here to read the CREW complaint with the DOJ September 13, 2016

New York Attorney General’s Office Issues Notice Of Violation Directing Trump Foundation To Cease And Desist New York Solicitations “NEW YORK – On Friday, September 30, the Office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a Notice of Violation to the Donald J. Trump Foundation (“Trump Foundation”) and directed the entity to cease and desist from soliciting contributions in New York.”  Notice of Violation to Sheri A. Dillon, Esq., Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP September 30, 2016