A new report from The Associated Press takes a look once more at the timing of a 2013 donation from the Donald J. Trump Foundation to a PAC supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s re-election.
In March, it was reported that the Trump Foundation was facing a campaign finance complaint filed by Citizens for Responsiblity and Ethics in Washington, alleging that the $25,000 donation to And Justice for All was in violation of a rule that says private foundations are not allowed to make contributions to political organizations.
According to multiple news reports, that $25,000 donation was made three days after Bondi’s office reportedly was looking into joining the New York Attorney General’s lawsuit against Trump University. Bondi’s office ultimately decided not to join the suit or open an investigation.
Here’s the passage about Bondi from the latest AP report:
“Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi briefly considered joining with (New York Attorney General Eric) Schneiderman in a multi-state suit against Trump University. Three days after Bondi’s spokeswoman was quoted in local media reports as saying the office was reviewing the New York lawsuit, the Donald J. Trump Foundation made a $25,000 contribution to a political fundraising committee supporting Bondi’s re-election campaign. Bondi, a Republican, soon dropped her investigation, citing insufficient grounds to proceed.”
Soon after the inital March reports, aides to Trump told The Washington Post that the donation to the PAC was a mistake made by a clerk at the Trump Organization who became confused by several non-profit charities with similar names. Read the full Washington Post report.
Just a week before reports of the donation and campaign finance complaints in March, Bondi endorsed Trump in his presidential campaign.