Pam Bondi faces another fundraising controversy, this time with check from Donald Trump

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Contributions to Pam Bondi’s re-election campaign are once again causing controversy, raising questions that the Attorney General overlaps politics with her official duties.

Now critics are asking about the timing of a $25,000 contribution by a foundation run by Donald Trump to a committee linked to Bondi, according to Michael Van Sickler in the Tampa Bay Times.

The issue is that the contribution came only three days after Bondi began reviewing allegations in a lawsuit filed in New York State over money-making seminars associated with “The Donald.”

On August 25, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit against Trump University accused them of ripping off 5,000 consumers in a “get-rich-scheme.” He is seeking $40 million in restitution. Schneiderman stated that there were “dozens” of complaints over the “sham for-profit college” filed with the Florida AG in 2008, prior to Bondi taking office.

Three days later, Bondi’s “And Justice for All” committee received a check from the Donald J. Trump Foundation.

Nancy Watkins, treasurer of And Justice for All, told the Times there is no guilt. “Based on the information at hand, we are comfortable with the propriety of the contribution from the Trump Foundation,” she said.

Representatives for Trump did not say why he would give to a Florida attorney general or if this donation was the only one to a state attorney general.

Trump did issue a statement to the Times: “Pam Bondi is a fabulous representative of the people — Florida is lucky to have her. … The case in New York is pure politics brought by an incompetent attorney general, a political hack.”

 

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