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A top official from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office sent the Donald J. Trump Foundation a cease and desist letter on Friday

By Tierney McAfee
Updated October 03, 2016 02:50 PM
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New York’s attorney general has ordered Donald Trump‘s charitable foundation to stop fundraising immediately, accusing the Donald J. Trump Foundation of violating state law.

A top official from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office sent the foundation a cease and desist letter on Friday, alleging that the foundation solicited contributions in 2016 without being properly registered to do so with the attorney general’s charities bureau.

The letter, which was released to the public by Schneiderman’s office on Monday, said: “The Trump Foundation must immediately cease soliciting contributions or engaging in any other fundraising activities in New York.” The letter also ordered the foundation to register and provide audits from previous years within 15 days.

“The failure immediately to discontinue solicitation and to file information and reports required under Article 7-A with the Charities Bureau shall be deemed to be a continuing fraud upon the people of the state of New York,” the letter warned.

According to The New York Times, Trump’s campaign spokeswoman responded in a statement on Monday, “While we remain very concerned about the political motives behind A.G. Schneiderman’s investigation, the Trump Foundation nevertheless intends to cooperate fully with the investigation. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, the Trump Foundation will not comment further at this time.”

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Schneiderman, a Democrat who supports Hillary Clinton, revealed last month that his office had opened an investigation into Trump’s charity foundation “to make sure it’s complying with the laws governing charities in New York.”

Jason Miller, a senior communications adviser for the Trump campaign, claimed at the time that the investigation was a “left-wing hit job designed to distract from Crooked Hillary Clinton’s disastrous week.”

The investigation was launched as a series of reports by the Associated Press and The Washington Post raised questions about Trump’s charity. The Post reported on Thursday that the foundation did not have the necessary certification to solicit money in New York.