During the presidential campaign of 2016 every stone was turned over in the pasts of Democratic presidential nominee and now President-elect Donald Trump. Trump used Clinton’s various troubles with her emails as a wedge issue to persuade voters not to vote for her, and it worked. The voters did not seem to mind Trump’s various sexual scandals, or his history of lying, or his cheating of taxes. He was invulnerable to any criticism. However, his children have not been so lucky. His daughter Ivanka found her clothing line removed from the store shelves of some of the world’s biggest retailers, to which she decried as being an attempt to undermine her and that she could not help if consumers did not agree with her father’s brand of politics. Trump’s second youngest son, Eric Trump, has found himself at the center of a large scandal involving his very own charity, the “Eric Trump Foundation.”
The issue with Eric Trump’s charity is he boasted about his father donating “hundreds of thousands” to his foundation, but in reality it seems that the foundation was actually spending their money at President-elect Trump’s various hotels and properties. The Eric Trump Foundation says that they donate between 95 to 100 percent of their revenue, but analysis of the facts that is not remotely accurate. From 2007 to 2014 the Eric Trump Foundation spent $881,779 on a golf invitational to allegedly raise money. It was found in 2013 the foundation spent $100,000 and $88,000 in 2014 “to a company of a family member of the Board of Directors.” Who would this mystery company to, which was owned by a family member of the board? Well Donald Trump himself.
Philip Hackney, from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, is an associate professor of law, and coincidentally he also used to work for the IRS in their Exempt Organizations unit. When asked about Eric Trump’s foundation’s donation situation he said, “There’s nothing necessarily wrong with contracting with businesses that you own.” Indeed, Eric Trump is free to do business with whomever he prefers, but the problem arises when his foundation represents that all of their donations go to other sources, when in fact the money being spent is going into the pockets of a family member. Is it illegal? Hackney said, “There’s a question. Maybe not of the legality, but of the ethics of it.”
Ethical scenarios have never been the strong suit of the Trump family. One of the main pillars of Trump’s campaign was his ability to skirt the rules while extracting as much profit as possible. This is obviously a trait which he passed on to his son Eric who has proved himself to be a chip off of the ole proverbial block.