Donald Trump hosted a fundraiser for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s (R) re-election campaign less than a year after she decided not to investigate Trump University, the Huffington Post reported.
The March 2014 event at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach cost the state Republican Party $4,855.65 — a far cry from the $140,000 Trump later charged his own presidential campaign for use of the facility. Tickets to the event cost $3,000 per person.
Six months earlier, Bondi personally asked the real estate mogul for a campaign contribution around the same time that her office announced it was considering joining a multi-state lawsuit against the school. Around that time, Trump’s tax-exempt foundation gave $25,000 to a group supporting Bondi. Bondi would subsequently announce that she would not join the fraud lawsuit.
Trump recently paid the IRS a $2,500 fine because the foundation’s donation violated the rules governing non-profit groups. But the issue has also prompted supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to criticize news outlets, accusing them of ignoring that payment while holding Clinton to a tougher standard.
The Post noted that even as he accuses Clinton of engaging in “pay to play” through her own charitable foundation, Trump has bragged that he is able to wield influence with elected officials through his contributions.
“When I want something, I get it,” he said during a January event. “When I call, they kiss my ass. It’s true. They kiss my ass. It’s true.”