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Wednesday
Oct182017

NPR Questions Trump National LA's $5 Million To Charity

National Public Radio reporter Tom Dreisbach and the "Embedded" team explained his inquiry into Trump National LA's website claim that it has given $5 million to charitable causes (thanks reader Carl).

Now, the $800,000 that NPR was able to account for is a pretty nice number compared to many golf courses and should be admired.

But, when your course namesake is President of the United States and the claim is highlighted in bright lights, with a link explaining how to request charitable contributions from the course, the scrutiny is understandable.

Apparently much of the discrepancy involves the claiming of Trump National LA's range as open space.

DREISBACH: What we were able to account for is about $800,000 in donations - far short of that $5 million number. Now, the Trump Organization did not make any contact with us. They refused to answer any phone calls, emails. And one possibility is that they are claiming a conservation easement, which is a sort of controversial tax break that you can take. Basically, The Trump Organization said that their driving range, they were going to preserve it as open space in perpetuity. It's sort of a way of preserving open space and habitat, but in fact, as one charity expert told me, the driving range is still a driving range, so it doesn't really pass the smell test in terms of a charitable gift.

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It is a respectable number as you note Geoff, especially in actual cash outlays. But given the repulsive, dishonest ways of the Oval Office holder, these silly claims deserve to be vetted. Good for NPR.
10.18.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOB
Yes, great use of time and energy...

How bout that Russian uranium deal huh?
10.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJS
Hilarious clown Prez. Another story earlier in the week about his claiming to own a real Renoir - when the original is hanging in an American art gallery. When told this, he continued to insist that his was real. LOL Another great one is the photo-shopped Time magazine covers that he had done up with him on the cover, that he hangs in the clubhouses of his courses. LOL
10.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
Infamous for stiffing, His Orangeness also stiffed a Gold Star father after promising a personal gift of $25K.
10.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
Defund NPR. Communist swine.
10.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterLarry Lurker
The promised and stated amounts by donnie to charity is noted time and time again, NPR or no NPR.

Larry L. What a ridiculous thing to say. About as worthy of belief as anything out of donnie's mouth. Troll on, Bro.
10.19.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Digger, well said and well typed! Feeling better?
10.19.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPops
The advent of ''fake news'' surfaced with the elevation and consequently the degradation of donnie to POTUS. Yet the followers of donnie continue to believe him at pointing out ''fake news'', yet to realize that he is the instigator of the very ''fake news'' he constantly attributes to the media. Where is his proof? The media's proof is, for example, right here, brought to us by NPR. Get a clue donnnie. #25 is gonna get you.

Thanks Pops. Yes, I feel better, but dammit no I'm not . ~~dig~~
10.20.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
His check is in the mail for the difference.
10.20.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteven T.
@JS

The so-called uranium deal is yet another Trump lie which was awarded 4 pinocchios by the Wahington Post fact checker: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2016/10/26/the-facts-behind-trumps-repeated-claim-about-hillary-clintons-role-in-the-russian-uranium-deal/?utm_term=.e1ab7edee25
10.20.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBuffett
Ha. Yes, even the Washington Post thinks Hillary played this one right...
10.20.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJS

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