Republican front-runner Donald Trump claims he's given more than $100 million to charity over the last five years, but an analysis of more than 93 pages of charitable givings revealed that the billionaire did not actually once donate personal cash.
The analysis, which was conducted by the Washington Post, found that instead of actually donating personal cash, Trump cited free rounds of golf given away via auctions and raffles as his donations to charitable organizations.
However, the largest items cited were land-conservation agreements to forgo development rights on properties that were owned by Trump and his businesses.
In addition, the filings listed a piece of land that he gave to New York State in 2006 — years before the time period in which Trump claimed to donate in excess of $100 million — and donations from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, although the foundation never received a personal check from Trump between 2009 and 2014, according to the Post.
Trump's foundation is largely funded by others, the Post said, but the New York mogul does decide where the money and gifts are donated.
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This list produced by Trump’s campaign — which has not been reported in detail before — provides an unusually broad portrait of Trump’s giving, and his approach to philanthropy in general.
It reveals how Trump has demonstrated less of the soaring, world-changing ambitions in his philanthropy than many other billionaires. Instead, his giving appears narrowly tied to his business and, now, his political interests.
His foundation, for example, frequently gave money to groups that paid to use Trump’s facilities, and it donated to conservatives who could help promote Trump’s rise in the Republican Party. The foundation’s second-biggest donation described on the campaign’s list went to the charity of a man who had settled a lawsuit with one of Trump’s golf courses after being denied a hole-in-one prize.
The filings of Trump's charitable givings were provided exclusively to the Associated Press last year. The AP never published the list but did share it with the Post.
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