Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Pay to Play

Although, Donald Trump has repeatedly denounced pay-to-play politics during his campaign, he has a long history of circumventing the rules governing contributions and lobbying.

He paid a $2,500 penalty to the Internal Revenue Service in 2013.  The penalty amounted to a slap of his wrist for a decades-long record of ignoring political donation limits.

In the 1980s, Trump was compelled to testify under oath before New York State officials after he directed tens of thousands of dollars to the president of the New York City Council through countless subsidiary companies to evade contribution limits.  In the 1990s, the Federal Election Commission fined Trump for exceeding the annual limit on campaign contributions by $47,050.  In 2000, the New York State lobbying commission imposed a $250,000 fine for Trump’s failure to disclose the full extent of his lobbying of state legislators.

When testifying in 1988 regarding a $50,000 bank loan on behalf of Andrew J. Stein’s successful campaign for New York City Council president, Trump told the New York State Commission on Government Integrity: “I was under the impression that I was getting my money back.”

Trump is now defending himself against claims that in 2013, he donated $25,000 to a group supporting Florida’s Attorney General, Pam Bondi, to sway her office from investigating fraud allegations at Trump University.

According to “The Orlando Sentinel” just days before the New York State attorney general’s office sued Trump University, Ms. Bondi’s office was weighing whether to join in that litigation.

An aide to Ms. Bondi told The Associated Press, that the attorney general had solicited the donation in a conversation with Trump weeks before The Orlando Sentinel’s article.  Furthermore, Trump made the donation from his charitable foundation, in violation of tax regulations, and paid a penalty.


Post a Comment

<< Home