NOVEMBER 3–In the after-effects of the 2001 alarm advance on the Apple Trade Center, Donald Trump, a billionaire son of New York City, did not accomplish a distinct accommodating donation to any of the not-for-profit groups that provided aid to survivors, accomplishment workers, or the families of cops and firemen who died aggravating to save others, Internal Revenue Service annal show.
While business moguls raced to abode seven-figure checks and schoolchildren emptied their aback banks, Trump’s accommodating foundation–the agent through which the Republican presidential candidate’s alms trickles–apparently did not feel the charge or albatross to action such banking help.
Trump, who frequently reminds the accessible that he is account TEN BILLION DOLLARS, is admiral of the Donald J. Trump Accommodating Foundation, which the developer founded about 30 years ago.
The group’s anniversary tax returns–the best contempo of which was filed in late-2014, action insights into Trump’s philanthropy, as able-bodied as the 69-year-old businessman’s abhorrence to alone allotment his eponymous foundation. Clashing best banking proclamations appearing from “The Donald,” the IRS annal are not accountable to the inflationary whim for which Trump is famous.
In a December 2003 abode account the “unprecedented access of accommodating support” afterward the 9/11 attacks, The Foundation Center acclaimed that about 1300 foundations, corporations, and added institutional donors gave a absolute of $1.1 billion for accretion and abatement efforts. “The across-the-board across of the acknowledgment has accurate a anniversary for philanthropy,” the abode declared.
But Trump, whose ancestors aboriginal became affluent renting apartments to the alive chic in Brooklyn and Queens, chose not to booty allotment in that “unprecedented outpouring” in his hometown.
Since 2001, the Trump foundation’s tax allotment accommodate a distinct donation that is identifiable with a 9/11 charity. In 2006, Trump gave $1000 to a arguable Scientology affairs that administered analysis to firemen who inhaled toxins while alive on the Apple Trade Center pile. The New York Accomplishment Workers Detoxification Fund, co-founded by amateur Tom Cruise, relied on a “Purification Rundown” invented by L. Ron Hubbard, the beatnik architect of Scientology.
In contempo advance interviews, Trump–who has continued captivated in atrociously abusive opponents and critics–has approved to portray himself as a applicant who cares.
“I anticipate I accept a bigger affection than all of them,” Trump told Bloomberg TV as a avert to acquainted that, “the Apple Trade Center came down” while George W. Bush was president. Trump aftermost ages assured The New York Times Anniversary that he was the affectionate of actuality who could advance and abundance citizens in the deathwatch of tragedies and disasters. Empathy, Trump claimed, “will be one of the arch things about Trump.” He added, “When I’m in that position, aback we accept abhorrent hurricanes, all kinds of abhorrent things happen, you’ve got to accept empathy.”
But Trump has apparent no accommodation for such compassion, at atomic as bidding through his billowing coffer accounts.
In accession to whiffing on 9/11 charity, Trump fabricated no donations to organizations accouterment aid in the deathwatch of Blow Katrina’s aition of New Orleans and added Gulf Coast areas in 2005.
When not reminding voters of his 11-figure, three-comma net worth, Trump makes abiding to acknowledgment that he is the world’s capital absolute acreage developer. Yet, the Master Builder offered no advice in renovating a distinct home in New Orleans, area Trump was angling to banknote in on a architecture project.
Days afore the blow hit, affairs were arise for a Trump International Auberge & Tower to be congenital in burghal New Orleans. The $400 amateur activity was to acceleration 70 stories, authoritative it the tallest architecture in Louisiana. The development, to which Trump accountant his name, eventually became aloof addition Katrina casualty, with its abandoned absolute acreage accoutrements actuality awash at a sheriff’s foreclosure bargain in 2011.
The Trump foundation’s tax allotment additionally appearance that the billionaire was not afflicted to accessible his wallet afterward Blow Sandy’s confusion in 2012.
And while he has arise at advance appearances of his abutment for the armed armament and actuality the “most angry actuality there is,” Trump’s donations to veterans charities accept been on for a billionaire. The developer has donated a absolute of $125,000 to Fisher House, which provides abode to the families of ailing vets. He has additionally accustomed $5000 apiece to two added groups accouterment abutment casework for veterans.
In April 2011, the aftermost time TSG advised the Trump foundation’s finances, the developer’s web armpit referred to him as an “ardent philanthropist” whose accommodating activities were an “integral allotment of his ethos.” Such an affirmation about the billionaire’s “ethos” was mocked in these pages.
However, at some point in the amid years, that advertence to the billionaire’s declared altruistic adherence was deleted from his web site, acceptable the alone time the airy Trump biography–which now covers 4426 acclamatory words–has been trimmed. By comparison, Admiral Barack Obama’s bio on the White House web armpit is 331 words, while Pope Francis’s activity and achievements are covered in 1218 words on vatican.va. In Trump’s defense, the 44th admiral has never cut a licensing accord for belts, nor has the Catholic abbey had the “great honor” of actuality inducted into Apple Angry Entertainment’s Hall of Fame.
According to the Trump foundation’s best contempo tax return, the accumulation fabricated contributions accretion $913,075 in 2013.
At the time Trump active the foundation’s tax acknowledgment aftermost November, his net account was at atomic $8.737 billion, according to a banking account the developer arise several months ago (Trump now claims he is account added than $10 billion). So, the foundation’s giving amounted to a abject .000104 percent of Trump’s net worth.
According to a June 2014 Credit Suisse report, the boilerplate net account of a U.S. developed is $44,900. So, if the boilerplate American absitively to accord at the net account bulk Trump does, they would alone accept to angle over $4.69 annually to charity.
Remarkably, however, Trump’s altruistic efforts are absolutely worse than they appear.
Since 2001, his foundation has accustomed $11.58 amateur in donations. Of that amount, Trump has alone contributed $2.78 million, or 24 percent. IRS allotment appearance that Trump has not donated a penny to his own foundation in the accomplished bristles years. In fact, the developer has not accounting a analysis to the alignment for added than $35,000 aback 2006.
Trump’s abortion to accord money to his own foundation raises the anticipation that the billionaire’s contempo claimed tax allotment would reflect no accommodating giving whatsoever. While some presidential candidates accept arise years account of their 1040 forms, Trump is not amid that group. And it seems absurd that the GOP applicant would abandonment IRS abstracts that could not alone belie his net account claims, but appearance him to be a Scrooge.
As apparent in IRS filings by added billionaires like Carl Icahn and Michael Bloomberg, the operation of a clandestine foundation is a rather aboveboard proposition: Rich actuality donates banknote or balance to their foundation, which again uses the funds to accomplish grants and donations.
But clashing his affluent peers, Trump has acclimatized on a arrangement whereby he principally uses the contributions of others to armamentarium his analogously paltry philanthropy.
In fact, it seems that Trump is accommodating to do aloof about annihilation to abstain absolutely altruistic to his own foundation. He has alternate in a alternation of angry storylines that resulted in $5 amateur in donations from Apple Angry Entertainment. Trump awash photos of his bairn son to People anniversary for a $150,000 donation. Afterwards Trump answer a new commuter abode on “The Apprentice,” his foundation accustomed a $100,000 analysis from Norwegian Cruise Line. NBC Universal gave the Trump foundation $500,000 in 2012, while a New Zealand brace paid $10,000 for a abrupt affair with the tycoon.
In the accomplished three years, Trump’s foundation has arise accepting a absolute of $1.4 amateur from Richard Ebers, a New York Burghal admission broker. Asked about the donations, Ebers beneath comment. It is cryptic whether the money was accustomed by Ebers himself or his employer, Inside Sports & Entertainment Group, a accumulated hospitality, accident management, and business close endemic by Creative Artists Agency.
It is adamantine to brainstorm addition billionaire subjecting himself to a Comedy Central buzz in acknowledgment for a $400,000 donation to their accommodating foundation (as Trump did in 2011). During the basal cable pummeling, amateur Gilbert Gottfried said that the developer had done so abundant accident to the New York skyline that, instead of “The Donald,” he should be alleged “the 20th hijacker.” Aback Trump afterwards arose to abode his less-liquid tormentors, he fabricated abiding to bark that he had “seven billion fucking dollars in the bank.”
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While Trump’s foundation has accustomed money to array of groups aback 2001, the accumulated bulk he has contributed is miniscule compared to his affluent circle.
Icahn, who has accustomed Trump, has donated added than $200 amateur to the Mount Sinai Academy of Medicine in New York City. Apparent below, Icahn, who Trump has answer as a -to-be Treasury secretary, has additionally donated in balance of $200 amateur for the development of allotment schools, the abutment of low-income families defective educational assistance, and the common aishment of polio.
More importantly, Icahn–who is account in balance of $20 billion–has active the “Giving Pledge,” an action organized by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Signers of the pledge–all billionaires–commit to giving abroad a “majority of their abundance to altruistic causes or accommodating organizations either during their lifetime or in their will.”
Trump, of course, is not amid the accumulation of 138 individuals and families who accept active the pledge. Those magnates accommodate Bloomberg, Richard Branson, Paul Allen, Elon Musk, Michael Milken, Ronald Perelman, David Rockefeller, Paul Singer, Mark Zuckerberg, Ted Turner, Eli Broad, Barry Diller, and Larry Ellison.
According to its best contempo IRS return, the Bloomberg Ancestors Foundation has $5.4 billion in assets, and donated added than $204 amateur in 2013. The foundation is adjourned alone by Bloomberg, who gave the accumulation $345 amateur in 2013.
By comparison, Trump’s foundation has $1.3 amateur in assets.
Real acreage and auberge administrator Leona Helmsley, who traded abridged barbs with Trump for years, died in 2007, three years afore Gates and Buffett began announcement the “Giving Pledge.” But there is little agnosticism that the “Queen of Mean”–one of the abounding women Trump has enjoyed about denigrating–would accept accepted the altruistic initiative.
The annoying Helmsley, who Trump already alleged a “piece of shit,” donated $5 amateur to the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Account Armamentarium in the weeks afterwards the 9/11 attack. She additionally gave $5 amateur to the American Red Cross afterwards Blow Katrina larboard a advanced swath of New Orleans submerged.
Since Helmsley’s death, the Leona M. and Harry Helmsley Accommodating Trust has apparent its assets abound to $5.4 billion, abundantly due to bequests from Helmsley’s estate. The foundation’s best contempo IRS return, accoutrement the budgetary year catastrophe March 2014, arise contributions accretion $227 million.
While there is not abundant overlap aback it comes to contempo recipients of donations from Trump and Helmsley, the two foundations did both accord money to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, according to their best contempo tax returns. Trump’s analysis was for $5000, while the Helmsley foundation fabricated contributions accretion $13.4 million. The closing figure–given in one year to a distinct charity–was $2 amateur added than the absoluteness of the Trump foundation’s accommodating giving over the accomplished 13 years.
A analysis of added Trump foundation donations aback 2001 shows the billionaire to be article of a altruistic starfucker.
The account of celebrities and athletes whose accommodating apparel accept accustomed contributions from Trump includes Derek Jeter ($40,000); Chris Evert; Walt Frazier; Nat Moore, Jim Fassel; Joe Torre ($110,000); Magic Johnson, Peyton Manning; Marty Lyons; Lance Armstrong; Russell Simmons; Elton John; Larry King; Michael J. Fox; John Tesh and Connie Sellecca; and Gary Busey. Trump donated $20,000 to Busey’s foundation in April 2013, the day afterwards the amateur was “fired” on “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.” Trump, the NBC show’s host, arise the donation via a cheep that acclaimed Busey “worked adamantine and deserves it.”
Trump, a golf addict who owns added than a dozen U.S. courses, has donated $525,000 to groups that advance the action or are affiliated with golf greats like Tiger Dupe ($130,000), Jack Nicklaus ($125,000), Arnold Palmer ($110,000), and Annika Sorenstam ($75,000). Nicklaus advised a Trump advance in The Bronx that opened beforehand this year, while Dupe and Trump accept teamed to advance a advance in Dubai.
Fueled by added people’s money, the Trump foundation has donated $500,000 to the United Way, $250,000 to the Palm Beach Police Foundation, and $40,000 to the foundation that helps advance the New Jersey governor’s abode (which Governor Chris Christie uses for official functions). Trump has additionally contributed $150,000 to his 31-year-old son Eric’s foundation.
Other donations accord with Trump’s own personal, business, and political interests.
In 2008, Trump’s bigger addition was a $107,500 allowance to the Gucci Foundation, a donation that came as the Italian affluence appurtenances close was aperture its sprawling flagship abundance in Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. The Gucci accord has been berserk advantageous for Trump, who referred to the lease’s amount aback afresh analytical Mitt Romney’s net worth. “Gucci abundance is account added money than Romney,” Trump told the Des Moines Register. Romney, who is reportedly account in balance of $200 million, tithes 10 percent of his anniversary assets to the Church of Jesus Christ of Closing Day Saints and, compared to Trump, has alone donated far added money to his own accommodating foundation.
Trump acclimated his foundation to accomplish a $50,000 donation in 2012 to the Manhattan basic academy that accepted his son Barron, now 9. He additionally donated $36,000 to the Pennsylvania boarding academy abounding by his two beforehand sons, and $7200 to the New York Military Academy, area Trump himself abounding aerial school.
While the billionaire has donated $110,000 to Admiral Bill Clinton’s foundation, he has additionally fabricated contributions that would sit bigger with bourgeois and Christian voters. Trump has accustomed $25,000 to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, $50,000 to the American Bourgeois Union, and, in 2012, he gave $100,000 to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
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In June, aback Trump arise his advance for the Republican presidential nomination, he handed out a one-page “Summary of Net Worth” certificate that included abrupt descriptions of his assets and liabilities. The document, which declared he was account $8,737,540,000, additionally included a branch about the developer’s “Various Accommodating Contributions.”
According to the summary, Trump “has been a above contributor to both accommodating organizations and organizations committed to the canning of accessible space, by altruistic admired accoutrements of acreage throughout the country.” Over the aftermost bristles years, the arbitrary claimed, “in balance of $102,000,000 has been contributed for such purposes by Mr. Trump.”
The $102 amateur figure–which the advance has never agitated to substantiate–appears to accept been pulled out of the aforementioned breach from which best Trump numbers emerge.
Though the arbitrary portrays him as a best of accessible space, Trump–who has fabricated his affluence architecture blatant gilded towers–is no one-man Nature Conservancy.
During a columnist appointment he alleged beforehand this year, Trump arise that he was bottomward affairs to body 16 affluence homes on an 11.5-acre bindle that is allotment of his bank golf advance in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Instead of architecture homes, Trump accepted an alleviation to a bounded acreage attention that protects the armpit from development.
Trump said that giving up the architecture rights was “not an accessible affair to do” aback the bindle was account “much added than $25 million.”
The billionaire did not acknowledgment that accessible admiral and association in Rancho Palos Verdes, a burghal 30 afar south of Los Angeles, had apprenticed him not to advance the acreage due to apropos about the land’s stability. In 1999, as the course–which is set on a barefaced overlooking the Pacific Ocean–was set to open, a “land failure” acquired the 18th fairway to accelerate bottomward into the ocean. Trump afterwards purchased the advance in a 2002 defalcation sale.
While the alleviation prevents Trump from architecture McMansions on the site, he is continuing to use the 11.5 acreage as the active ambit for the Trump National Golf Advance Los Angeles. In announcement his beneficent act, Trump did not acknowledgment whether he took a tax write-off for the easement.
Since Trump had fought, bullied, and litigated adjoin Rancho Palos Verdes for years–he claimed burghal admiral breach hindered his development efforts–some locals were not affairs the altruisitic circuit on the acceding of the easement. “Did a analysis acknowledge that the acreage was about to abatement off into the ocean?” one acquaintance wondered.
The alone added publicized acreage admission fabricated by Trump came in 2006, aback he donated a absolute of 436 acreage of dupe and wetlands to New York State. Spread over two parcels, the acreage is about 50 afar arctic of New York Burghal and is adjoining to the Taconic Accompaniment Parkway.
Trump, who purchased the backdrop for $2 million, approved to advance a golf advance on some of the land, but those affairs were scuttled due to accompaniment ecology restrictions and action from association association and bounded politicians. Afterwards declining to advertise the parcels–and absolute that a new advance could aching business at a adjacent club he owned–Trump said he absitively to “do article absolutely spectacular” and accord the acreage for attention by the state.
In announcement the donation, New York Governor George Pataki said that the accompaniment was allotment the accoutrements the Donald J. Trump Accompaniment Park. Pataki acclaimed Trump for his “vision and charge to bottle the accustomed ability of this acreage for the account of approaching generations.” Trump said the donation was “my way of aggravating to accord article back,” abacus that, “I achievement that these 436 acreage of acreage will about-face into one of the best admirable parks anywhere in the world.”
When asked about the amount of the acreage he was deeding over, Trump claimed that, “People accept told me about $100 million.” He did not clarify on what “people” assured that the battered property’s amount had added by 50 times its acquirement price. From columnist reports, it does not arise that anyone asked Trump about the admeasurement of the tax write-off his development aggregation was taking.
While the donation was apparent with abundant fanfare, the esplanade angry out to be an ballsy bust. Trump provided no award to advance the property, and the accompaniment assigned no committed agents to the esplanade (which had a account in the low bristles figures).
In February 2010–less than four years afterwards the acreage donation–the accompaniment shut the Trump esplanade (and 57 added sites) due to account cuts. The accommodation agitated the billionaire, who advised suing to achieve the property. “This was actual admired property,” he told The New York Times. “I gave it abroad at the acme of the market.” Trump’s lawsuit, of course, never materialized, acceptable because he had already benefitted from the tax break.
While the Republican candidate’s eponymous esplanade today charcoal moribund, the billionaire can still point to the huge signs on the Taconic administering motorists to the Donald J. Trump Accompaniment Park. However, if drivers absolutely leave the access in chase of the Trump park, they will bound apprehend they accept taken an avenue to nowhere. There are no signs, barbecue tables, hiking trails, able-bodied fields, or campsites to be found.
The accompaniment esplanade is a phantom, a acreage now alone acclimated by audacious dog owners who let their animals run about the abandoned acreage and defecate on Donald Trump’s “spectacular” allowance to New York. (7 pages)
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