On Thursday a New York state judge ruled that Donald Trump must pay a $2 million judgment for improperly using his Trump Foundation charity to benefit his 2016 presidential campaign.
The $2 million payment is the final resolution in a case brought by the New York attorney general’s office after the Trump Foundation held a fundraiser for military veterans during the 2016 campaign.
The fundraiser, which was televised raised nearly $3 million in donations that were then dispersed on the eve of the Iowa caucuses as directed by then-campaign chief Corey Lewandowski.
The two million must be paid by DonaldTrump himself for breaching his fiduciary duty to properly oversee the foundation that bears his name.
The judgment appears to wrap up the New York attorney general’s lawsuit against Trump and his three oldest children. The attorney general had alleged that Trump had engaged in repeated wrongdoings in connection with the now-shuttered foundation.
“Our petition detailed a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation — including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more,” then-Attorney General Barbara Underwood alleged in a statement he penned last year.
New York Supreme Court Justice Salliann Scarpulla wrote in her seven-page ruling that, “Mr. Trump’s fiduciary duty breaches included allowing his campaign to orchestrate the Fundraiser, allowing his campaign, instead of the Foundation, to direct distribution of the Funds, and using the Fundraiser and distribution of the Funds to further Mr. Trump’s political campaign.”