Donald Trump's charitable foundation made many financial contributions to several conservative nonprofits that are important to winning the GOP nomination, NBC News reported.
The foundation, which Trump initially financed with his own money but has been funded by outside donors since 2008, gave $286,000 to these prominent groups, according to tax filings first reported by RealClearPolitics. The groups included Iowa's Family Leader, South Carolina Palmetto Family Council, the American Conservatives Union and Citizens United.
Together, the donations paint a picture of the wealthy businessman using charity-earmarked money to build relationships with conservative activists in early voting states.
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The donations are the latest window into a foundation that is already being investigated for possible wrongdoing: The New York Attorney general sent a cease-and-desist letter to the foundation last week, saying it didn't have the proper certification to solicit donations in the state.