NEW YORK (AP) – New York’s attorney general says President Donald Trump should pay a fine of up to $5.6 million over allegations in a state lawsuit that he used his charity to further his presidential campaign.
Democrat Letitia James argued in a court filing Thursday that state law allows a fine equal to double the $2.8 million in free media attention she says Trump received for an event that blurred charity and politics.
Trump skipped a 2016 Iowa debate and held a competing rally where he solicited donations that his foundation passed on to veterans’ charities.
The foundation has agreed to dissolve.
The lawsuit seeks $2.8 million in restitution. James says there’s ample evidence for an immediate ruling in the state’s favor.
Foundation lawyers say any infractions were minor and the lawsuit is politically motivated.