What the auditors found: The Trump Foundation’s questionable tax filings
Two years ago, The Washington Post found that Trump’s foundation had donated more than $40 million to Republican causes.
The auditors for the nonprofit watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington found that the foundation had also received hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from people linked to the Trump family.
In some cases, they said, the foundation’s donors had business or political ties that would not normally be disclosed.
Citizens for Accountability and Civic Trust, a watchdog group, has been pushing the IRS to take action against Trump.
The audit was based on a review of nearly 3,000 donations made to the foundation from 2010 to 2017.
Those donations, Citizens for Transparency and Accountability said, were not properly disclosed.
A spokesman for the foundation, Brad Parscale, declined to comment for this article.
The IRS acknowledged the audit in a letter sent Thursday to Citizens for Responsible Leadership, a group led by former IRS Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, who was appointed by President Donald Trump.
Parscale said the IRS has “made significant progress in its review of this issue” and “will continue to work to ensure that any potential conflicts of interest in the Trump Foundation are addressed.”
In a separate statement, Parscale called the audit a “distraction” and said the foundation will continue to cooperate with the audit.
“The foundation has never made any gifts to anyone associated with President Trump,” he said.
“Any questions about the foundation should be directed to the Foundation’s current legal counsel, as we have been and continue to be subject to multiple investigations.”