- Lloyd Mayer says the misdeeds of the Trump Foundation appear more serious than those of the Clinton Foundation
- Any use of a private foundation's assets by its insiders for their own benefit is clearly self-dealing, which Congress prohibited, Mayer writes
Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer is a professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School who specializes in the laws governing nonprofit organizations, the intersection of election law and tax law with respect to lobbying and other political activity by nonprofits, and the role of nonprofits domestically and internationally. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Journalists and commentators across the political spectrum have subjected both the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and the Donald J. Trump Foundation to a withering barrage of criticisms. Without a doubt, both foundations and their managers, including Ms. Clinton and Mr. Trump, have made mistakes. The critical question, however, is whether those mistakes are illegal.