Trump Defies Critics And Details $5.6 Million Donation List For Veterans Charities From Fundraiser
At a press conference Tuesday at Trump Tower, Donald Trump detailed the groups and the amount of money he donated to veterans organizations with the money from his Iowa fundraiser in January.
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The video of the press conference and the full list of organizations is below.
Trump refused to take part of the Republican Presidential Debate in January hosted by Fox News and instead held a fundraiser for veterans’ charities.
The total is $5.6 million and more could be on the way he said if more donations roll in and he thinks some smaller ones will. He himself donated $1 million personally.
Following scrutiny from many people asking Trump where the money he raised during the fundraiser was sent to, Trump read from a list, the monetary totals and the organizations that received donations from him.
Here are the veterans' groups that have received money from the Trump campaign, totaling $5.6 million. pic.twitter.com/7AWcZfAkP0
— Brad Mielke (@TheBradMielke) May 31, 2016
He stated, “I wanted to keep it private because I don’t think it’s anybody’s business if I want to send money to the vets.” “I’m totally accountable, but I didn’t want to have credit for it,” Trump said when asked if he thought he should be held accountable for the donations.
He re-asserted multiple times at the conference, “I raised close to $6 million. It will probably be over that amount when it’s all said and done, but as of this moment, it’s $5.6 million.”
The reason why, Trump said it took so long to get the list out to the public was because there was a need to vet the organizations that he wanted to send the money to. “You have to vet all of these different groups, because these are many different groups. You have to go through a process.” Trump said.
When asked about Trump’s decision on which veterans groups to send money to, he said that he wasn’t “too involved.” He chose to give his entire $1 million individual donation to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement because he didn’t want to spend time vetting multiple organizations and splitting the money up. He added that he “didn’t have to go through a big vetting process.” He called the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement a “fabulous group.”
On January 28, Trump hosted a “special event to benefit veterans organizations” and chose not to not attend the Republican debate in Iowa, where he later said he raised $6 million.
22Kill — $200,000
Achilles International Inc. — $200,000
American Hero Adventures — $100,000
Americans for Equal Living — $100,000
America’s Vetdogs – The Veterans K9 Corps Inc. — $75,000
AMVETS — $75,000
Armed Services YMCA of the USA — $75,000
Bob Woodruff Family Foundation Inc. — $75,000
Central Iowa Shelter and Services — $100,000
Connected Warriors Inc. — $75,000
Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust — $115,000
Fisher House Foundation — $115,000
Folds of Honor Foundation — $200,000
Foundation for American Veterans — $75,000
Freedom Alliance — $75,000
Green Beret Foundation — $350,000
Hire Heroes USA — $75,000
Homes for Our Troops — $50,000
Honoring America’s Warriors — $100,000
Hope for the Warriors — $65,000
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund — $175,000
K9s for Warriors — $50,000
Liberty House — $100,000
Marine Corps- Law Enforcement Foundation — $1,100,000
Navy Seal Foundation — $465,000
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society — $75,000
New Englands Wounded Veterans Inc. — $75,000
Operation Homefront — $65,000
Partners for Patriots — $100,000
Project for Patriots — $100,000 (pending)
Puppy Jake Foundation — $100,000
Racing for Heroes Inc. — $200,000
Support Siouxland Soldiers — $100,000
Task Force Dagger Foundation — $50,000
The Mission Continues — $75,000
The National Military Family Association Inc. — $75,000
Veterans Airlift Command — $100,000
Veterans Count 25,000 Veterans-In-Command Inc. — $150,000
Vietnam Veterans Workshop Inc. — $75,000
Warriors for Freedom Foundation — $50,000