Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event on Oct. 1, 2016 at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Penn. 
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New York to Trump Foundation: Stop fundraising ‘immediately’

The latest in a series of controversies surrounding the Donald J. Trump Foundation arose last week when the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold reported on an important administrative misstep. The Republican presidential candidate’s charitable entity, evidently, “never obtained the certification that New York requires before charities can solicit money from the public.”

And that’s a problem. On top of the foundation’s other problems, state laws require any charity to obtain the necessary registration before accepting outside funds. By all appearances, the Trump Foundation never did, raising legal questions about the entire operation.

NBC News reported today on the state Attorney General’s office taking action.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office on Monday ordered the Donald J. Trump Foundation to “immediately cease soliciting contributions” after a report that the charity lacked the proper authorization to seek public donations. […]

The “Notice of Violation” letter obtained by NBC News warned that the charity “shall be deemed a continuing fraud upon the people of New York” unless it provided required paperwork regarding its fundraising activities within the next 15 days.
In a statement, Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks suggested Schneiderman, a Democrat, may have “political motives” for taking these steps, but the foundation “nevertheless intends to cooperate fully with the investigation.” The statement added, “Because this is an ongoing legal matter, the Trump Foundation will not comment further at this time.”

And why is the campaign spokesperson issuing a statement responding to the news about the Trump Foundation? Because the candidate’s charitable entity has no real internal organization: there is no Trump Foundation spokesperson.
MSNBC Live, 10/3/16, 12:59 PM ET

NY Attorney General serves Trump Foundation cease-and-desist…

Hallie Jackson, Katy Tur and Kasie Hunt discuss breaking news that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has served a cease and desist order to the Trump Foundation, due to the organization’s operation without proper paperwork.

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New York to Trump Foundation: Stop fundraising 'immediately'