WASHINGTON Republican presidential nominee
Donald Trump's charitable foundation has stopped fundraising in
New York state, the state attorney general's office said on
Monday, weeks after the office warned that a failure to do so
would constitute a "continuing fraud."
The Donald J. Trump Foundation also received an extension to
file financial paperwork with the state, a spokesman for the
attorney general's office said in a phone interview.
The Trump campaign said in a statement: "The Trump
Foundation is cooperating with the Office of the NY AG in its
investigation of the Foundation and, given the scope of the NY
AG's requests, is working with the NY AG to respond in a
reasonable and timely manner."
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman warned the group
last month that it was in violation of a state law requiring
charitable organizations that solicit outside donations to
register with the office's Charities Bureau.
The organization has been under increased scrutiny following
reports in the Washington Post suggesting possible improprieties
within the small-scale nonprofit organization.
Trump's campaign has suggested that the probe launched by
Schneiderman, a Democrat, was politically motivated.
Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, in the Nov. 8
election, also has ties to a charitable organization, the
Clinton Foundation. Trump has called it a "pay-to-play"
operation in which the former secretary of state and her
husband, former President Bill Clinton, rewarded big donors to
the foundation with political access.
There has been no evidence that foreign donors to the
foundation obtained favors from the State Department while
Clinton headed the agency. While some donors were able to obtain
meetings with her or senior State Department officials, Clinton
has said the fact that they had donated to the foundation did
not play a role in her decision to meet with them.