New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who opened an investigation into the Donald J. Trump Foundation on Tuesday, is a major Democratic donor who maxed-out to Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2015 with a $2,700 donation.
Schneiderman said he wants “to make sure [the Trump Foundation] complying with the laws governing charities in New York.”
Schneiderman is likely to draw criticism from Republicans and others who see the move as overt political targeting from New York’s top law enforcement official.
The timing isn’t just odd because of the proximity to the election. Schneiderman already has one lawsuit going against Trump University, which is a real estate seminar company associated with Trump.
Not only is Schneiderman a donor to Clinton’s presidential campaign, he also sits on her New York campaign committee.
A look at his donation records via OpenSecrets.org finds Schneiderman has given $12,000 to Democratic candidates and political committees since 1992. And he’s never given to the Republicans.
The announcement of yet another lawsuit against a Trump company from Schneiderman is likely to draw criticism from Republicans and others who see the move as overt political targeting from New York’s top law enforcement official.
The Trump campaign hammered Schneiderman as a “partisan hack who has turned a blind eye to the Clinton Foundation for years.”
“This is nothing more than another left-wing hit job designed to distract from Crooked Hillary Clinton’s disastrous week,” Trump Senior Communications Advisor Jason Miller said in a statement.
The New York lawsuit also comes at a time when Democrats are hopeful to get mileage from an embarrassing mistake that the Trump Foundation made in 2013. Trump was fined $2,500 by the IRS because the foundation gave $25,000 to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s election campaign.
The foundation is barred by law from making political contributions.
Bondi had decided not to sue Trump University earlier in 2013. Of course now Schneiderman has his own disclosures to make.