Bribe Attempt by Donald Trump Fails: Veterans Group Refuses $100,000 Payoff to be Props at Trump Event
By Tom Boggioni
The director of a small nonprofit dedicated to serving New Hampshire veterans turned down a $100,000 check — which would have covered a third of their budget –from Donald Trump because he didn’t want his organization to be a prop for the billionaire’s campaign.
The Trump campaign has taken heat for staging an event at the same time as a GOP debate the candidate was boycotting –with the ostensible reason of raising money for veteran organizations. Veterans groups called it a “political stunt,” with some claiming they wouldn’t accept any donations from the campaign or the Trump Foundation.
In an interview with the Daily Beast, Liberty House executive director Keith Howard claimed he received a call from a Trump campaign staffer on Friday stating the candidate would like to present the Manchester charity with a big check at a Monday rally — hours before New Hampshire primary voters went to the polls.
Howard told the campaign: “No.”
According to the director, he doesn’t believe that his charity — which provides housing, food and clothing to vets in need — should be bribed with money by candidates to become a prop at a political rally.
“This is not directed at the Trump campaign,” Howard explained. “This is about any campaign.”
Howard also stated that appearing at the political rally could jeopardize his group’s nonprofit status, while noting that the call came from Trump’s campaign and not from the candidate’s charitable foundation.
A political campaign legal expert confirmed the risk of appearing in return for cash.