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Eric Trump’s ‘Charity’ Paid $150k To Trump Organization Companies

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Eric Trump was allegedly diverting contributions from his charity to enrich his father.

According to the Daily Beast, the 2016 tax filings for Eric Trump's charity, the Curetivity Foundation, show that in spite of the president's son walking away from its helm amid accusations of impropriety, the foundation continues to benefit Trump companies, paying those companies nearly $150,000 last year.

Curetivity paid a total of $145,145 to four Trump companies in 2016, which was a significant decline from 2015, when it shelled out $322,000 to the family’s business empire. According to its 2016 tax filing, Curetivity paid $98,730 to Trump’s golf club in Westchester, $13,000 to another golf club in the Bronx, $10,759 to Mar-a-Lago, and $22,656 to the Trump SoHo hotel.

Following reports last year that Eric Trump was potentially abusing his role at the organization, at the behest of his father, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman decided to investigate.

Schneiderman, a frequent Trump legal antagonist before and during his presidency, opened a preliminary probe into whether Curetivity was improperly benefitting the Trump family. A Schneiderman spokesperson declined to comment on the foundation’s new tax filing, but said “the investigation is ongoing.”

Though the president's son relinquished his position at the foundation in December, other Trump insiders remain active with the organization:

Members of the president’s political circle remained involved with Curetivity throughout 2016, the new tax filing shows. Eric Trump’s wife Lara, now a top consultant to the president’s reelection campaign, was a member of the board, as was Michael Cohen, the president’s personal attorney.

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