Monday, June 06, 2016

FL AG Solicited TRUMP Donation, Dropped TRUMP Case: Associated Press

Our Florida Attorney General, PAMELA JO BONDI, may have violated criminal laws by taking money from DONALD TRUMP and then dropping a fraud case against TRUMP.
You might say BONDI and TRUMP have a sweetheart relationship.
A federal prosecutor might call it criminal.

By the way, the AP story quotes a confession by "Marc Reichelderfer, a political consultant who worked on Bondi’s re-election effort and fielded questions on the donation at her request…"

MARC REICHELDERFER is infamous for having designed the unconstitutional gerrymandering of Florida's Congressional Districts, which was struck down by Florida's Supreme Court and Leon County Judge Terry Lewis:



Florida AG asked Trump for donation before nixing fraud case
Posted: June 6, 2016 - 7:08pm | Updated: June 6, 2016 - 10:45pm
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Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Florida’s attorney general personally solicited a political contribution from Donald Trump around the same time her office deliberated joining an investigation of alleged fraud at Trump University and its affiliates

The new disclosure from Attorney General Pam Bondi’s spokesman to The Associated Press on Monday provides additional details on the unusual circumstances of Trump’s $25,000 donation to Bondi. After the money came in, Bondi’s office nixed suing Trump.

The money came from a Trump family foundation in apparent violation of rules surrounding political activities by charities. A political group backing Bondi’s re-election, called And Justice for All, reported receiving the check Sept. 17, 2013, four days after Bondi publicly announced she was considering joining a New York state probe of Trump University’s activities.

Marc Reichelderfer, a political consultant who worked on Bondi’s re-election effort and fielded questions on the donation at her request, told AP that Bondi spoke with Trump “several weeks” before her office publicly announced it was deliberating whether to join a multi-state lawsuit proposed by New York’s Democratic attorney general. Reichelfelder said Bondi was unaware of dozens of consumer complaints received by her office about Trump University filed before she requested the donation.

“The process took at least several weeks, from the time they spoke to the time they received the contribution,” Reichelderfer told AP.

The timing of the donation by Trump is notable because the now presumptive Republican presidential nominee has said he expected and received favors from politicians to whom he gave money.

“When I want something, I get it,” Trump said at an Iowa rally in January. “When I call, they kiss my ass. It’s true.”

In addition to the money given by his foundation, Donald Trump himself has donated $253,500 since 2002 in Florida, most of it going to Republican candidates, the state party or political committees affiliated with GOP officials. His daughter, Ivanka Trump, also gave a $500 check to Bondi a week before her father’s money was reported as being received.

The AP reviewed thousands of pages of records related to consumer complaints about Trump University and its affiliates filed with Bondi’s office. The documents reveal a new reservoir of unhappy Trump University customers, despite recent claims from Trump that the students of his real estate seminar company were overwhelmingly satisfied.

All told, more than 60 people requested help from the Florida attorney general in obtaining refunds from Trump University and affiliates. Many alleged that they paid money for training materials and personalized instruction that were never delivered.

The documents complicate claims by Bondi’s office that she received only one consumer complaint about Trump University at the time that she decided not to join the New York investigation. Bondi’s office said that its statement about receiving only one complaint was accurate at the time because most of the complaints dealt with the Trump Institute.

The institute is a separate corporate entity from Trump University. The Trump Institute was licensed by Trump to run his seminars, however, with Trump keeping a share of the profits. In internal emails, Bondi’s own staff appeared to lump Trump University and the Trump Institute together, as New York’s lawsuit has done.

“I was laid off work for the first time in my life and really need this money to support my family,” wrote one of the many people seeking help, adding that he had been promised a refund but never received it. “$1,400 is so much money for my family.”

By choosing not to pursue Trump in court, Bondi left the unhappy students on their own to try to get refunds from the celebrity businessman.

Bondi was not the only GOP attorney general to shy away from suing Trump.

The Associated Press first reported last week that then-Texas Attorney Greg Abbott received $35,000 from Trump, three years after his office in 2010 dropped a proposed lawsuit over Trump U. Following AP’s report, former Texas Deputy Chief of Consumer Protection John Owens said the case had been dropped for political reasons and made public a detailed internal summary of his staff’s strong case against Trump.

A spokesman for Abbott, now the Texas governor, says the case was dropped after Trump’s organization agreed to stop offering his namesake real-estate seminars in the state. Within months, Trump University was out of business nationwide.

By choosing not to pursue Trump in court, the GOP attorneys general left the unhappy students in their states on their own to try to get refunds from the celebrity businessman.

Both Bondi and Abbott have now endorsed Trump for president.

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