Judge orders Trump to pay $2 million to nonprofits as settlement in civil lawsuit

by Jordyn Pair · Nov 7th, 2019 1:01 pm
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Last Updated Nov 20th, 2019 at 11:10 am

President Donald Trump has been ordered by a New York State judge to pay $2 million to a group of nonprofit organizations as part of a settlement in a lawsuit concerning repeated violations of state charities laws.

The New York attorney general’s office filed a lawsuit against the Trump Foundation after it took in nearly $3 million from a 2016 fundraiser for military veterans. The state’s attorney general accused Trump and his family of conflating charity with politics and using the donations for legal settlements and campaign contributions.

“I direct Mr. Trump to pay the $2,000,000, which would have gone to the Foundation if it were still in existence, on a pro rata basis to the Approved Recipients,” Judge Saliann Scarpulla wrote.

The judge maintains that Trump broke fiduciary duty by not properly overseeing the organization with his name.