At least one group getting Trump money benefits fundraisers more than veterans
The “vetting” Trump claimed delayed the process wasn’t very good.
One of the charities that Donald Trump selected to receive a donation from his veterans’ fundraiser is a group with a rating of “F” from CharityWatch, and has been criticized in the past for spending less than half of its incoming donations on programs that help veterans.
The Foundation for American Veterans received a donation of $75,000, Trump announced on Tuesday, as he gave away the last of $5.6 million raised during a benefit Trump organized in January. During his combative press conference, Trump said that all of the groups had been scrutinized…
The Foundation for American Veterans, based in Michigan, received an “F” from the group CharityWatch. The Better Business Bureau issued an “alert” about the group in January, citing “a pattern and high volume of complaints and customer reviews” that alleged customers received “a high volume of what they consider to be harassing phone calls” from the group’s solicitors. The BBB said the group had blamed the problem on its telemarketer.
An examination of the group’s tax filings shows that the foundation spent just $2.4 million of its total $8 million budget on helping veterans directly in 2014.
The group spent the rest of the money in 2014 on fundraising and management expenses, with $3.5 million paid out to professional fundraising companies. Another $2 million went toward salaries and general expenses, including billing and collection services.