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Trump Foundation Ordered to ‘Cease and Desist’ Fundraising in New York

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued an order to the Trump Foundation that they cease and desist soliciting contributions in the state.

Schneiderman said that the foundation was violating a section of state law requiring “charitable organizations that solicit contributions in New York State to register with the Charities Bureau and to provide annual financial reports and annual audited financial statements.”

Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold reported last week that the foundation lacked the certification required to raise money. He also reported that Trump has directed money for services rendered to the foundation, including a $400,000 fee for appearing at a Comedy Central roast.

“While we remain very concerned about the political motives behind AG Schneiderman’s investigation, the Trump Foundation nevertheless intends to cooperate fully with the investigation. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, the Trump Foundation will not comment further at this time,” a campaign spokeswoman said.

Schneiderman, a Democrat, has been investigating the foundation’s practices.