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You see, Trump is doing his foundation a favor!

Trump bought the painting at a charity auction in 2014, with a winning bid of $10,000. Later, he paid with a check from the Donald J. Trump Foundation — a small charity, whose tax records show no personal donations from Trump himself since 2008.

By law, tax experts said, the portrait then belonged to the Trump Foundation, and Trump was required to find a charitable use for it. If he did not, Trump risked violating laws against “self-dealing,” which prohibit leaders of nonprofit groups from using their charities’ money to buy things for themselves or their businesses.

Epshteyn’s explanation was, in effect, that Trump hadn’t used his foundation to buy his resort some art. Instead, Trump’s resort was helping the foundation — which has no employees or office space of its own — find a place to store its possessions.

Tax experts were not impressed by this reasoning.

“It’s hard to make an IRS auditor laugh,” Brett Kappel, a lawyer who advises nonprofit groups at the Akerman firm, said in an email. “But this would do it.”

Experts said that the Internal Revenue Service had actually ruled on a similar issue in 1974, in a case where a major donor to a private foundation took paintings belonging to that foundation and hung them in his home. (The rules against “self-dealing” apply to both major donors and to foundation officers, like Trump.) The IRS determined that this was, indeed, self-dealing — because the homeowner was using the foundation’s assets to benefit himself.


David Wildstein testifies: Christie knew about lane closings in advance

David Wildstein

For the first time, a key Chris Christie ally dropped the hammer on him in the Bridgegate scandal and testified that the New Jersey governor knew about the lane closings and reveled in Mayor Mark Sokolich’s frustration over the traffic jams they caused. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was aware of and supported a plan to… Continue Reading →


Guy who taught GOP to call Democrats ‘sick corrupt liberal traitors’ very :( about mean election

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus)

Trust in meOnce there was an evil genius – not like this other guy who is in fact not an evil “genius” at all – who was very good at this sorcery of “communications.” With just some words, he was able to install Newt Gingrich – Newt Gingrich! LOL! – as speaker of the House, with… Continue Reading →

Bridgegate recap

George Washington Bridge

Yesterday, we found out that Chris Christie and aide Regina Egea, despite their statements to the contrary, were texting during testimony at the New Jersey legislative hearing on Bridgegate. Details here:

But newly disclosed phone records – supplied by AT&T to the New Jersey legislature and obtained by WNYC – show that Christie’s current Chief of Staff, Regina Egea, communicated by cell phone with Gov. Christie 12 times during that hearing on December 9, 2013. The Governor initiated the contact, about 30 minutes into the testimony, and sent a total of three texts to the aide. Egea replied nine times before the testimony concluded. The records show only one other text from Egea to Christie that month, on Christmas Day.

A timeline of the testimony, created by WNYC based on recordings of the hearing and tweets sent that day, shows that around the time of the text messages, witnesses delivered some of their sharpest blows to the Christie administration’s version of the Bridgegate events.

When will the media start a countdown clock for a Trump press conference?

Trump Kicks Crying Baby Out Of Press Conference, Because That's Where We're At In This Election

As CNN’s Brian Stelter reported this Sunday, it’s been two months since Donald Trump gave a press conference. So when is the media going to start one of those “countdown clocks” for Trump the way they did when they were badgering Clinton not long ago and reading talking points that came straight from the RNC? Here’s… Continue Reading →

Gov Chris Christie: Bridgegate ‘was a factor’ in not becoming Trump’s running mate

Governor Chris Christie - 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH #RNCinCLE

Gov. Chris Christie admitted to MSNBC Wednesday night, that the Bridgegate scandal he’s been caught up in for the last few years was a deciding factor that caused Donald Trump not to pick him as his running mate. After Gov. Christie gave a bizarre defense of Trump’s affection for Vladimir Putin, by saying he knows “how… Continue Reading →

Clinton campaign tweets ’20 questions’ for Trump on Newsweek revelations

Trump Clive Iowa (9/13/16)

The Hillary Clinton campaign has some questions for Donald Trump, in light of the Kurt Eichenwald revelations that his company sought profit from a “relationship” with Mummar Qaddafi, the late and labelled “terrorist dictator” by the US Government, of Libya. In light of @kurteichenwald’s report on the Trump Organization’s dangerous ties, here are 20 questions that… Continue Reading →

Medical disclosure for thee but not for me

"Rape Would Not Exist if Women Were Stronger", according to Trump’s Campaign Manager

Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway defended Donald’s right to privacy when it comes to his medical records and then attacked Hillary Clinton for not being forthcoming about her pneumonia. Conway is making the cable TV rounds today and she’s in rare form. On CNN she was belligerent and on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell she was nonsensical.… Continue Reading →

George W. Bush’s White House ‘lost’ 22 million emails

George W. Bush - Caricature

For 18 months, Republican strategists, political pundits, reporters and Americans who follow them have been pursuing Hillary Clinton’s personal email habits, and no evidence of a crime has been found. But now they at least have the skills and interest to focus on a much larger and deeper email conspiracy, one involving war, lies, a private… Continue Reading →

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