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originally posted by: vinifalou
originally posted by: OtherSideOfTheCoin
The possible implications of this are also amazing.
More diversion from the real crimes that the previous administration commited.
How's the Russian collusion going, btw?
originally posted by: Lumenari
originally posted by: Sillyolme
a reply to: Lumenari
You don't think the lawyers for the state of New York can pull together a case that will fly?
I think anyone in the USA can sue anyone for anything. Doesn't mean it's actually true... just a typical PR stunt the Dems pull out and use on their opponents EVERY SINGLE ELECTION CYCLE.
Now, you would know that if you were not so deep in the closet for the Democratic party that you live in Narnia...
Michael Israel, a "speed painter" who completed the portrait in about six minutes at a charity gala, released the first public photos of the painting Tuesday, Fahrenthold reported. Melania Trump won the bidding for the portrait and cut a $20,000 check from Trump's foundation, with half the money going to Israel and the other half going to the Children's Place at Home Safe.
"Tax experts say that if Trump hung the painting at one of his homes or businesses, he may have violated laws against 'self-dealing,'" Farenthold reported. "Those laws prohibit charity leaders from using money from their nonprofits to buy things for themselves, or for their businesses."
After more than a year in limbo, the Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting Act was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Tuesday. The law bars the use of federal funds to pay for federal officers and employees’ official oil portraits. Since 2014, the annual budget has featured short-term bans on federal funding for oil portraits, but the EGO Act, introduced by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) in January 2017, makes the ban permanent. "Thanks @realDonaldTrump for signing the Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting (EGO) Act into law," Cassidy tweeted Wednesday morning. "I came to Congress to cut wasteful spending. Our debt is over $20 trillion. There's no excuse for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on paintings of government officials." The legislation specifically targets those heading up executive agencies and legislative offices, as well as the president, vice president and members of Congress. The official portraits of the president and first lady, along with key lawmakers, are typically commissioned with private funding — but the House has, in the past, allowed federal funds to be used for portraits of House speakers. Reports indicate that from 2010 to 2013, federal agencies doled out more than $400,000 on portraits to be displayed in agency buildings — including in locations that aren’t readily accessible to the public. The cost of the individual portraits spanned from $19,000 to $50,000.
The charity did in fact raise a serious amount of money at the golf event that year, some $1.8 million, according to federal tax filings, while maintaining an impressive expense ratio of just 14%. But not all of the money went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a renowned pediatric cancer center in Memphis, where the Eric Trump Foundation had been telling its donors their money went for years. In fact, St. Jude received $1.2 million, $240,000 covered expenses and more than $200,000 went to other organizations, most of which had no programs to help kids with cancer but did have strong ties to Trump family members and interests.
“If one represents that the funds are going to be used to benefit charity A and instead they go to charities B, C and D, that’s a misrepresentation,” says Sean Delany, a former assistant attorney general who oversaw the charities bureau in the state of New York. “A donor might choose to donate specifically because they care deeply about children’s cancer issues, or they care deeply about supporting St. Jude hospital in particular, and have no interest in supporting those other charities.”