Turns Out Trump Donated Money To The Texas Governor After He Dropped A Fraud Case Over Trump University
The Trump University scandal is looking uglier and uglier as it has been revealed that Donald Trump bought off prosecutors who were looking into fraud allegations in Florida and Texas.
According to Associated Press, back in 2010, Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot opened a civil investigation into Trump University after a series of complaints and charges “deceptive business practices”. There were complaints of “boiler room tactics” to push prospective students into paying up for the lacklustre course being offered. The case, however, was quietly dropped when Trump said he would close up shop in Texas, and it paid off for Greg Abbot who was given $35,000 by Trump when Abbot decided to run for Governor – and won.
Oddly enough, the Attorney General of Florida Pam Bondi, was onboard to take part in a multi-state law suit against Trump University but decided not to get involved about three days later saying that there wasn’t enough evidence. And then, magically, probably out of the goodness of Trump’s heart, his Donald J. Trump Foundation made a generous and not-so-surprising donation of $25,000 to her campaign to be re-elected. What a swell guy, eh?
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has called Trump’s almost laughable university project, “straight up fraud,” as students paid up to $34,995 for a program that didn’t deliver what was promised which was expert advice from real estate gurus who would act as mentors. Nope. Didn’t happen. And the complaints started to pile up from students with the Better Business Bureau giving Trump University D minus rating.
Schneiderman, who is pursuing a case against Trump, is putting the blame squarely on the shoulders of the mouthy money man according to Salon. Trump insists he just invested and put his brand on the project, although it was clear through videos that he appeared in to sucker people in that he was the man who did the scamming.
“People were led to believe they were getting the personal secrets of Trump during hard economic times…We’re talking about 2008, 2009, 2010, [and] people wanted to scramble to find a way to make money. He duped them in — thousands of people paid millions of dollars and we’re out to get them their money back….He was the pitchman. We have the videos of him making these false promises. He was not involved in the curriculum — he never met or trained the instructors. But he was clearly in charge of pitching this scam university to people, convincing them that it was his personal secrets and saying things like ‘Come to the weekend seminar.’”