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When charity begins, and ends, at home

When charity begins, and ends, at home

“Follow the money” became the credo of investigative journalists and other snoops for a reason. While it can be laundered or otherwise hidden, money generally leaves a trail, even if it is sometimes tangled or incomplete.

But with the Donald J. Trump Foundation, according to a lawsuit filed last week by the New York State Attorney General’s Office, hundreds of thousands of dollars seemingly traveled in a simple circle. Money from the foundation, which by definition is for charitable donations, paid for settlements of legal claims against Mr. Trump’s businesses and a portrait of Mr. Trump that graced a wall at one of his golf clubs, according to the A.G.’s office.

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