State attorneys general + drop Trump University fraud cases = Trump donations

Last summer, Donald Trump explained his past habit of making campaign contributions to Democratic Party elected officials as being part of a cynical effort to bribe them to advance his business interests. Perhaps coincidentally, it turns out that a couple of state attorneys general who considered formal fraud investigations into his fake university received Trump campaign contributions after deciding to drop them.

“As a businessman and a very substantial donor to very important people, when you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do,” Trump said. “As a businessman, I need that.”…

Jeff Horwitz and Michael Biesecker report for the Associated Press in their story on fraud probes into Trump University by state attorneys general…

The office of then-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, opened a civil investigation of “possibly deceptive trade practices.” Abbott’s probe was quietly dropped in 2010 when Trump University agreed to end its operations in Texas. Trump subsequently donated $35,000 to Abbott’s successful gubernatorial campaign, according to records…

…Horwitz and Biesecker report that “Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi briefly considered joining with Schneiderman in a multi-state suit against Trump University.”…Three days after Bondi’s spokeswoman was quoted in local media reports as saying the office was reviewing the New York lawsuit, the Donald J. Trump Foundation made a $25,000 contribution to a political fundraising committee supporting Bondi’s re-election campaign. Bondi, a Republican, soon dropped her investigation, citing insufficient grounds to proceed.

Trump is pissed-off sufficiently by prosecution of his fraud that he’s released a video pimping “satisfied” customers from Trump U. Which, of course, has nothing to do with reversing the charges against him.

And then there are bits and pieces of actual testimony against him from one of the trials.

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