first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office has ordered Donald Trump’s charity foundation to cease fundraising here after it failed to obtain the proper registration to solicit donations—a violation of state law.The “Notice of Violation” was sent to the Donald J. Trump Foundation on Friday. It explicitly orders Trump to “immediately” cease solicitations or engaging in fundraising efforts, and gives the foundation up to 15 days to hand over the requisite documents.“Despite failing to register pursuant to Article 7-A, the Trump Foundation solicited contributions in New York State earlier this year, in violation of New York law,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement.My office sent a Notice of Violation to the Trump Foundation. More information, and the letter, here: https://t.co/vv6Q2BevUw— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) October 3, 2016The order from the attorney general’s office comes as several news organizations, most notably The Washington Post, have scrutinized Trump’s foundation for its apparent reliance on donations from contributors other than the charity’s namesake. The Post reported that Trump himself has not donated personally to his own foundation since 2008.Additionally, The Post reported that Trump used a quarter-million dollars in donations to settle business lawsuits. The paper was also the first to reveal that the foundation was not registered in New York to solicit donations within the state.The attorney general’s notice focuses entirely on the foundation’s apparent failure to register with New York.“While we remain very concerned about the political motives behind A.G. Schneiderman’s investigation, the Trump Foundation nevertheless intends to cooperate fully with the investigation,” said Hope Hicks, Trump’s spokeswoman, in a statement, according to The New York Times. “Because this is an ongoing legal matter, the Trump Foundation will not comment further at this time.”Last month, Schneiderman, a Democrat who supports Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton, revealed that his office was scrutinizing whether the Trump Foundation was complying with state law.“My interest in this issue really is in my capacity as regulator of non-profits in New York State, and we have been concerned that the Trump Foundation may have engaged in some impropriety from that point of view,” Schneiderman told CNN at the time.Trump’s surrogates have described Schneiderman’s probe as a partisan attack intended to prop up Hillary Clinton, who was a U.S. Senator (D-NY) before she became Secretary of State in the Obama administration.Jason Miller, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, told CNN that Schneiderman’s investigation is “nothing more than another left-wing hit job.” He also accused New York’s attorney general of turning a blind eye to the non-profit Clinton Foundation.Clinton briefly mentioned Trump’s much ballyhooed philanthropy in the pair’s first debate last week at Hofstra University, suggesting that Trump was adverse to releasing his tax returns because, among other things, he may not be as charitable as he claims.The news comes during a particularly rough stretch for Trump’s campaign.His debate performance at Hofstra University, which was widely panned, spawned a week-long spat with a former Miss Universe winner—prompting an early morning Twitter rant from the Republican tycoon—and on Saturday evening The New York Times revealed that Trump may have avoided paying taxes for as long as 18 years after losing nearly $1 billion in 1995.Meanwhile, New York’s attorney general is reportedly continuing his separate case against Trump University for defrauding its students. After initially announcing that her office was contemplating joining in a multi-state suit against Trump’s for-profit enterprise, Florida Attorney General Pam Biondi did not pursue similar complaints from students in her state. Later it was revealed that the Trump Foundation had given Biondi’s political committee a $25,000 donation in 2013, and the IRS subsequently fined Trump $2,500 because the contribution from a non-profit charity violated federal tax law. Trump’s campaign says that there is no connection between the campaign donation and the Florida AG’s decision not to pursue the complaints against Trump’s institution of higher learning.(Featured photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)last_img read more


first_imgPEARBLOSSOM – Keppel Union School District trustees are considering different ways to get a school built for children in a proposed 800-home development including having the developer build the school for the district. “Our intention was to give the board information on the different options of building a school,” Assistant Superintendent Steve Doyle said. “There are choices. One choice is a developer-built school where the developer builds the school as opposed to (the district) designing, bidding and building a school. There are pros and cons to either way.” The trustees held a study session last week with their attorneys and architects on the proposed 540-acre College Park project and how the school would be built. The school would be located on land within the development, house about 450 children and contain grades kindergarten through eight. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The College Park project, which would include a Palmdale campus for Antelope Valley College, falls within Keppel’s boundaries, though it is inside Palmdale city limits. Originally proposed more than 10 years ago and approved by city officials in 1999, the College Park project appears to be moving forward after its acquisition by developer DR Horton, the nation’s largest home builder. The project is planned among rolling, brush-covered hills south of Barrel Springs Road, west of the Littlerock Dam. The college campus will be on nearly 70 acres of foothill land along 37th Street East. The project includes home lots ranging from 5,000 square feet to 40,000 square feet, an 18-hole golf course and a retail area. Keppel also has discussed forming a special tax district to help pay for the construction of the school if the developer is agreeable. Both sides have met to discuss financing and where the school should be located. Mello-Roos tax districts allow developers to pass on to homeowners school-building fees rather than pay them before houses are built. Keppel currently charges a developer fee of $1.64 per square foot for residential development. The special tax districts are allowed to be formed under the Mello-Roos Act of 1982, named after two state legislators who wrote the law. It became law after 1978’s Proposition 13 capped property tax rates for Californians and diminished the ability of cities and districts to fund new roads, schools and infrastructure needed to support development. Developers are required to disclose the tax to homebuyers, who sign a form indicating they were informed of the tax. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more