The New York State attorney general’s office said in a new court filing on Thursday that it is suing the Trump Foundation because it engaged in “persistent illegality.”
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood (D) alleged in a lawsuit filed in June that the Donald J. Trump Foundation and members of the Trump family violated federal and state law and was illegally used to help the president’s campaign.
The lawsuit alleges that Trump used the foundation to illegally support his 2016 presidential bid and that the charity made an illegal in-kind donation of more than $2.8 million to his campaign. It also alleges that Trump improperly used the foundation’s assets for his properties and businesses, including to settle a legal dispute involving his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and to purchase a portrait of himself at a charity auction.
“For more than a decade, the Donald J. Trump Foundation has operated in persistent violation of state and federal law governing New York State charities,” the complaint states.
“This pattern of illegal conduct by the Foundation and its board members includes improper and extensive political activity, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions, and failure to follow basic fiduciary obligations or to implement event elementary corporate formalities required by law.”
The Trump Foundation has been seeking to dismiss the lawsuit, but the attorney general’s office pushed back with Thursday’s filing.
“Donald J. Trump used his control over the Donald J. Trump Foundation for his benefit to advance his personal, business, and political interests in violation of federal and state law governing charities,” it said.
The suit seeks to dissolve the foundation and temporarily bar Trump and his children from serving in other charities in New York.