Sunday, September 11, 2016

A little birdie told me....

Southern Beale calls my attention to this, but I think Luntz is just trolling the GOP:

At least, I think he is:

And my first clue is that Luntz re-tweeted Joy Reid's tweet.

And in other news:  how long will it take the New York Times to jump all over this?

"How Donald Trump retooled his charity to spend other people’s money"

Trump had earlier gone to a charity in New Jersey — the Charles Evans Foundation, named for a deceased businessman — and asked for a donation. Trump said he was raising money for the Palm Beach Police Foundation.

The Evans Foundation said yes. In 2009 and 2010, it gave a total of $150,000 to the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a small charity that the Republican presidential nominee founded in 1987.

Then, Trump’s foundation turned around and made donations to the police group in South Florida. In those years, the Trump Foundation’s gifts totaled $150,000.

Trump had effectively turned the Evans Foundation’s gifts into his own gifts, without adding any money of his own.
On the night that he won the Palm Tree Award for his philanthropy, Trump may have actually made money. The gala was held at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, and the police foundation paid to rent the room. It’s unclear how much was paid in 2010, but the police foundation reported in its tax filings that it rented Mar-a-Lago in 2014 for $276,463.
In two cases, he has used money from his charity to buy himself a gift. In one of those cases — not previously reported — Trump spent $20,000 of money earmarked for charitable purposes to buy a six-foot-tall painting of himself.
So, is this worse than Hillary's ties to the Clinton Foundation, or not as bad because....Trump?

And, in response to Luntz's tweets about Hillary's remarks about "deplorables:"  Now who's deplorable?

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