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WaPo: Donald Trump pays IRS penalty for Pam Bondi contribution

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Lost amid Hurricane Hermine coverage, the Washington Post reported Donald Trump ponied up a $2,500 penalty to the IRS after his charitable foundation broke the law by giving a contribution to one of Attorney General Pam Bondi‘s political fundraising panels. The Post last Thursday reported that the Republican presidential nominee “filed paperwork informing the IRS of the political gift and paid an excise tax equal to 10 percent of its value.” The news comes after Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit watchdog, asked…

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Pam Bondi’s March evasion on Donald Trump contribution becomes June admission

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Attorney General Pam Bondi‘s admission this week that she personally solicited a political contribution from Donald Trump comes months after she evaded questions about it. That was in March, when — instead of directly answering — Bondi said she “hadn’t heard” about Trump’s representatives saying she asked for the money. The recent revelation came from Bondi’s spokesman to The Associated Press, according to a Monday story. Trump is now the GOP’s presumptive nominee for president, and Bondi has endorsed him. The question is whether there was…

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Pam Bondi on Donald Trump contribution: “I’ve done nothing wrong”

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Attorney General Pam Bondi on Tuesday declined to say whether she’d return a $25,000 political contribution made in error to her by Donald Trump‘s charitable foundation three years ago, but told reporters she did “nothing wrong.” Bondi took questions after Tuesday’s Florida Cabinet meeting. She also wouldn’t clarify who requested the contribution, which went to a now-defunct political fundraising panel that supported her 2014 re-election. Bondi, a Republican, is now supporting Trump, the GOP presidential front-runner. Foundations like Trump’s are banned…

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Whoops: Donald Trump reps say 2013 contribution to Pam Bondi was mistake

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A 2013 re-election contribution to Attorney General Pam Bondi from Donald Trump‘s charitable foundation was an error, aides to the Republican presidential candidate said this week. The Washington Post reported Tuesday morning that Trump’s representatives said the $25,000 check to a fundraising panel benefiting Bondi went out when a clerk confused it with a similarly-named organization. Foundations like Trump’s are banned under federal rules from political activity, including giving contributions. It also wasn’t clear whether Bondi has to or would return the money to…

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