State of New York Opens Investigation Into Donald Trump's Charity

Donald J. Trump Foundation has reportedly spent $20,000 on a life-size painting of the Republican candidate, and gave $25,000 to Florida's attorney general when she was considering filing fraud charges against Trump U.

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Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during his rally at the Pensacola Bay Center on September 9, 2016 in Pensacola, Florida.
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during his rally at the Pensacola Bay Center on September 9, 2016 in Pensacola, Florida.Credit: AFP
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The state of New York has opened an investigation into the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a charity belonging to the Republican nominee for U.S. president, the New York attorney general said Tuesday.

The foundation is being investigated to make sure it's complying with New York laws governing charities, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.

"My interest in this issue really is in my capacity as regulator of nonprofits in New York State. And we have been concerned that the Trump Foundation may have engaged in some impropriety from that point of view," Schneiderman said on CNN.

The investigation follows reports of transactions that have recently come to light, including a Washington Post story citing tax records showing that Trump had not donated to his foundation since 2008.

The newspaper also reported that the foundation spent 20,000 dollars of money meant for charity to buy a 1.8-meter-tall painting of Trump.

The foundation also donated 25,000 dollars to the attorney general of Florida in 2013 as she was considering filing fraud charges against Trump University.

Trump has denied any connection between the money and the attorney general, who later decided not to pursue an investigation.

Schneiderman, a Democrat who supports Hillary Clinton, Trump's opponent in the race for the White House, has said his actions are not politically motivated.

Trump's campaign called Schneiderman "a partisan hack," according to Politico.

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