There's nothing wrong with covering expenses when raising money for charity, particularly when the money is desperately needed by excellent organizations like St Jude's hospital for children. But when you fail to disclose that a) all the money raised isn't going to the charity you are fundraising for, and b) that money (or the expenses) will be going to your father's business, you can expect to be raked over the coals for being a disingenuous asshole.
This is exactly what Eric Trump did when he point blank lied about using his father's golf course for free when holding a charity golf tournament for St Jude's Hospital. It turns out that Donald Trump did in fact charge his son the going rate for the rental of the Trump Organization golf courses, taking hundreds of thousands of dollars promised for sick children into the hands of his family's business. Reported Forbes:
In reviewing filings from the Eric Trump Foundation and other charities, it's clear that the course wasn't free--that the Trump Organization received payments for its use, part of more than $1.2 million that has no documented recipients past the Trump Organization. Golf charity experts say the listed expenses defy any reasonable cost justification for a one-day golf tournament.
Additionally, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which has come under previous scrutiny for self-dealing and advancing the interests of its namesake rather than those of charity, apparently used the Eric Trump Foundation to funnel $100,000 in donations into revenue for the Trump Organization.
And while donors to the Eric Trump Foundation were told their money was going to help sick kids, more than $500,000 was re-donated to other charities, many of which were connected to Trump family members or interests, including at least four groups that subsequently paid to hold golf tournaments at Trump courses.
All of this seems to defy federal tax rules and state laws that ban self-dealing and misleading donors.
This looks incredibly murky, but sadly not surprising given the Trump family's extraordinarily shadowy financial dealings. Keith Olbermann, who has been leading a one man daily war against the Trump administration, pointed this out to Kellyanne Conway over twitter this past weekend when the White House Counselor tried to use Hillary Clinton as a scapegoat for Eric's fraudulent behavior (no surprises there either):
Eric Trump then foolishly weighed in, believing he could cross swords with one of the media's most acerbic voices in history:
True to form, Olbermann was not having any of it and let rip with a series of lazer like tweets pinpointing the glaring holes in Eric Trump's side of the story:
How did the interaction end? Like every attempt at getting the truth out of anyone in the Trump administration: