NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s charitable foundation has made millions off people who donate to the Donald J. Trump Foundation, according to a new story published Thursday by The New York Times.
The charity, with a staff of more than 100,000, operates a series of charities in which donors are paid as an incentive for making donations.
The story details a pattern of misconduct that goes beyond Trump’s own foundation.
A series of undercover videos released by the organization show the Trump Foundation soliciting contributions from people who don’t have Trump’s name on them.
The videos, which were published online by the watchdog group OpenSecrets, showed employees at the Trump charities soliciting donations from people with the names of Trump family members and businesses and asking them to sign forms agreeing to pay a small fee for each donation.
A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign declined to comment.
The Times story said the charities often take in millions of dollars from foreign governments or corporations without disclosing that they are using donations to pay employees or to reimburse them for travel expenses.
The Trump Foundation is a sprawling organization with assets of $2.4 billion and more than 1,500 charities.
Its most well-known charity, the DonaldJTrump.com website, includes an online donation tool.
Trump has denied wrongdoing and says the videos are “fabricated and totally fake.”
The campaign has denied any improper or illegal conduct by the Trump family.
Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement that the videos show the charity’s compliance program was “totally transparent” and that the campaign had paid the charity $2 million.
He said that Trump and his foundation “do not accept any money from foreign countries or corporations.”
The charity’s website also states that it will never accept foreign donations.
“We have strict rules that we follow to ensure that all donors are appropriately compensated,” the website states.
In a statement, the Trump foundation said it was “looking into the matter.”
The Times reported that the Trump children are listed as trustees of the charity, and that Trump has personally been involved in the organization.
“The Donald J Trump Foundation will never be allowed to misuse our name,” the statement reads.
“No person or entity can take advantage of this loophole, and our charity will never use money or resources from the Trump name to pay itself.
The Donald J TRUMP Foundation is committed to ensuring that the Donald Trump name is never used for any purpose.”
A spokesperson for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.