The legal status of Donald Trump's charity is questionable

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Donald Trump's charity foundation might not be playing by the rules. The organization reportedly never got the right certification to solicit money from the public.

Under New York law, charities that solicit more than $25,000 per year from the public have to complete a special registration. Among other things, it requires charities to undergo annual audits.

The Washington Post — citing the New York attorney general's office — says the Donald J. Trump Foundation never went through that registration.

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If that's true, it might mean the organization is operating illegally — we know it raises more than $25,000 per year, but we don't know how much of that was solicited.

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Notable people who have spoken out against Donald Trump

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

The Mayor did not hold back in this tweet:

"I didn’t realize this was in question. Behaves like a racist, speaks like a racist…of course @RealDonaldTrump is a racist."

 REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Martha Stewart

In an interview win CNNMoney Stewart said "There is so much to know and so much to learn and so much diplomacy and kindness and introspection that goes with that kind of job, and it does not exist in the world of Donald Trump."

REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian 

Stephen Hawking 

British physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking speaks during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Paralympics in London, Wednesday Aug. 29, 2012. Hawking was interviewed on British TV Monday May 30, 2016, saying UK should stay inside the European Union because of its support for research, and he cannot fathom the popularity of presumptive candidate for U.S. president Donald Trump, saying he "seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.”

(AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

George Clooney

In an interview with the Guardian the actor said this

"He's just an opportunist. Now he's a fascist; a xenophobic fascist."

(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

John Oliver

The host of the Last week Tonight dedicated 20 minutes of his show to completely annihilate everything Trump stands for.

Click here to watch the Segment.

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

J.K. Rowling

The beloved author took to twitter and compared him to the worst of the worst, "How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad."

(Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Robert De Niro

At the  22nd Sarajevo Film Festival Robert De Niro made his opinion very clear on what he thinks of Trump. "It's crazy that people like Donald Trump . . . he shouldn't even be where he is, so God help us"

REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham spoke at the Democratic National Convention and had this to say about Trump. ""Donald and his party think I should be punished for exercising my constitutional rights, and his rhetoric about women takes us back to a time when we were meant to be beautiful and silent."

Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx 

Mark Ruffalo

 Ruffalo and many more stars have signed a petition entitled #UnitedagainstHate to stand against Donald Trump

REUTERS/Benoit Tessier 

America Ferrera

America Ferrera wrote an open letter on the HuffingtonPost to Donald Trump thanking him for his portrayal of Latin immigrants. In her letter she states "You, Mr. Trump, are living in an outdated fantasy of a bigoted America. Last week, America celebrated some amazing milestones — marriage equality, universal healthcare, removing of the confederate flag — making it clear in which direction the country is moving. That is why racist remarks that play to extremists won’t change the tide, no matter how hard you try. They will only serve to rally more Latino voters to the polls. Your negativity and your poorly thought out speech ignited a fire in our community. Thank you, Mr. Trump!"

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Sarah Silverman

In March 2016 Silverman tweeted this : 

"DRUMPF is NEGGING us and we've fallen for it - we're obsessed w this candidate we had no intention of ever acknowledging #TheGame'

(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)


Of course, Trump's political opponent has also been criticized over her foundation's dealings. The Clinton Foundation has been accused of accepting donations that present conflicts of interest, including some from foreign governments. And it hasn't always disclosed all of its donors like it promised to do.

Earlier this week, Trump launched a "follow the money" attack accusing Hillary Clinton of corruption.

And the Clinton Foundation has returned the favor. In mid-September, it released a statement calling Trump "a fraud."

It reads, "Clearly the Trump Foundation is as much a charitable organization as Trump University is an institute of higher education."

The New York attorney general's office is already investigating the Trump Foundation, but it wouldn't tell The Post whether it's looking into the registration issue. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

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