A New York judge on Thursday ordered President Donald Trump to pay $2m to a group of charities to settle a civil lawsuit by the New York state attorney general in which he is alleged to have misused his now no longer functioning charitable foundation to fund his 2016 presidential campaign.
Justice Saliann Scarpulla ruled that Mr. Trump had breached his fiduciary duty to the Foundation and allowed his campaign to orchestrate a fundraiser ostensibly for the foundation in Des Moines, Iowa, in January 2016. He further allowed the campaign to direct the distribution of funds raised from that event to boost his political campaign.
Mr. Trump and his three children, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump, directors of the Donald J. Trump Foundation, were sued in June 2018 by the New York Attorney General for violating state charities laws and federal and state campaign finance laws.
The judge did not, however, impose all outcomes that the general attorney’s office sought. She declined to ban Trump and his children from serving on the board of any other New York no-profit organization. She also declined to order Trump to pay punitive damages.
The charitable organizations that the judge approved to receive Trump’s $2m include Children’s Aid Society, City Meals-on-Wheels, the Army Emergency Relief, Give an Hour, United Way of Capital Area, Martha’s Table, United Negro College Fund, and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.