The story would have disappeared, if the Washington Post and the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) did not spotlight the Trump organization’s misconduct.
CREW revealed that the Trump charity made an illegal political contribution, and filed a case with the IRS.
The Washington Post revealed that the Trump Foundation concealed cash donations for political groups in its tax filings. The Trump Foundation recorded that it had given the $25,000 to a non-existent Kansas charity, instead of the campaign organization linked to Bondi.
Trump Foundation controller Jeffrey McConney described the donation as “an honest mistake” in an interview with the Washington Post.
"It wasn’t done intentionally to hide a political donation, it was just an error," he claimed.
"It’s about getting the money back from the organization that wasn't allowed to have it in the first place," explained CREW’s Jordan Libowitz.
Nancy Watkins, treasurer for Bondi's campaign group, stated that the money would not be returned. "Mr. Trump had reimbursed the foundation with a personal check,” she said, “and that was the end of it."