Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE’s charitable foundation has admitted to mistakenly donating $25,000 to an organization aligned with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, according to The Washington Post.
The Donald J. Trump Foundation’s contribution in 2013 is a potential violation of federal rules prohibiting charities from assisting political candidates.
“All these years, we had no idea anything happened,” Allen Weisselberg, chief financial officer of the Trump Organization and the longtime treasurer for the GOP presidential front-runner’s charitable foundation, told the Post.
“We’ll straighten it out” with the IRS, he added.
The charitable group had listed Justice For All as the recipient of a $25,000 donation in its 2013 filings with the IRS. That group never received the $25,000 donation — it instead went to And Justice For All, a group aligned with Bondi’s 2014 election campaign, according to the Post.
Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility (CREW) charged in a complaint Monday that the Trump Foundation's donation was an illegal engagement in political activity.
The foundation’s contribution raised eyebrows; Bondi is weighing an investigation into Trump University. She eventually ruled out a probe into the real estate seminar, according to the report.
Bondi endorsed Trump before her state’s GOP presidential primary earlier this month.
Jordan Libowitz, a CREW spokesman, said Monday that the IRS “needs to investigate and determine where the truth lies.”
Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump’s campaign, noted that the billionaire’s White House run is not related to his charitable foundation’s actions.
“The campaign wasn’t in existence,” she said of the 2013 donation. "The campaign has no knowledge of this.”
IRS rules dictate that nonprofit foundations like Trump’s are “absolutely prohibited” from helping political campaigns.
Violators can lose their nonprofit status or even face harsher penalties for giving the agency false tax information.