NY attorney general: Trump Foundation must stop fundraising now
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The Trump Foundation must stop fundraising immediately, the New York attorney general's office said Monday. 


The state's attorney general has notified Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE that his charitable foundation is violating New York law because it does not have the proper certification to solicit donations, The Washington Post first reported.

James Sheehan, head of the attorney general's charities bureau, sent the notice to the foundation on Friday. 

The notice follows a story that The Washington Post published last week that showed the foundation had been soliciting donations without being properly registered in New York state. 

The Trump campaign released a statement on Monday following the attorney general's announcement that questioned the "political motives" behind the investigation into the foundation.

"While we remain very concerned about the political motives behind AG [Eric] Schneiderman's investigation, the Trump Foundation nevertheless intends to cooperate fully with the investigation," Hope Hicks, the campaign's spokeswoman, said in a statement.

The Trump Foundation never registered under article 7A of New York's Executive Law, according to the Post, as is required for any charity asking for more than $25,000 per year from the public. 

That means Trump's foundation has avoided any of the outside audits New York law requires of larger charities. 

“The Trump Foundation must immediately cease soliciting contributions or engaging in any other fundraising activities in New York,” Sheehan wrote to the Trump Foundation.

Schneiderman ordered the foundation supply the state all the legal paperwork required of charities that solicit money from the public within 15 days, according to the Post.

The foundation must also provide all financial audit reports it should have provided in previous years.