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Thu Dec 20, 2018, 11:26 PM

Lincoln County Elects Trump's Partner in Shady Fundraising to Commission

I donít know how I missed the fact that Annette Bosworthís former spinster turned quasi-fink Joel Arends won a seat on the Lincoln County Commission last month. Seriously, Lincoln County, are you that short on talent? But seeing Arends prepping to work in government reminds me of the last time we talked about the Sioux Falls lawyer, when he used his fake veterans group in September 2015 to help Donald Trump get elected. Republicans who usually support veterans ignored Arendsís and Trumpís exploitation of veterans for his personal and political gain.

Might true supporters of veterans take more notice of Trumpís scammery now that the New York Attorney General has successfully pressed the Trumps to dissolve Donaldís faux foundation?

Letís rewind to January 2016, when Trump was skipping a GOP debate in Iowa to make money off veterans:

Given what we, and now you, know about the pervasiveness of veteran charity scams, we dug into the spending and expense history of his charity, the Donald J. Trump Foundation. In particular, we questioned whether Trumpís political motives and false rhetoric about veterans truly set him apart at all from the various charity scams. Perhaps unbeknownst to his supporters and eager donors who ventured to his event last night, Donald Trumpís charity has donated virtually nothing to veteransí charities.

Most tellingly, according to the available 990s from 2009 to 2014, of the more than $5 million the foundation has donated in gifts and grants to nearly 300 charities, only seven of those organizations were related to veterans issues. According to these documents, he has not donated to any veteransí charities in the past three years. In total, these seven organizations have only received $57,000.

(Update: According to the Federalist, the proceeds from last nightís events are not going directly to any veteran charities, rather they will be funneled into Trumpís foundation. If true, it has yet to be seen how or whether those donations will be delivered to veteransí charities, the delivery of which is at the discretion of the foundation [Shafaq Hasan, ďDid Trump Exploit Veterans Again in Event to Draw Supporters, Candidates Away from GOP Debate?Ē Nonprofit Quarterly, 2016.01.29].

Read more: http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/12/19/lincoln-county-elects-trumps-partner-in-shady-fundraising-to-commission/

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