CREW filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service stating that Donald Trump and the Trump Foundation appear to have broken the law by giving $25,000 to a political group supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in an effort to discourage her office from investigating Trump University, thus using the Foundation for Trump’s personal benefit. The complaint calls for an investigation into the Foundation for violating the tax code by providing a private benefit to Trump and his business interests and falsely representing its political giving on its tax returns. The complaint further calls for an investigation into Trump for engaging in prohibited self-dealing.
CREW had filed a previous complaint against the Trump Foundation with the IRS in March 2016, also urging the IRS to investigate whether the Foundation had violated its tax-exempt status by engaging in political activity. After no action was taken by the IRS, CREW sent in a further request for the Trump Foundation’s 990 forms in August 2016. The information gleaned from the forms helped inform CREW’s renewed complaint.