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Trump used charity cash for Tim Tebow memorabilia

Trump used charity cash for Tim Tebow memorabilia

A story involving Donald Trump and Tim Tebow seems too good to be true.

Donald Trump hasn't donated money from his own bank account to his Donald J. Trump Foundation since 2008.

Trump was pictured posing with the memorabilia following the 2012 auction at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

A new report says Donald Trump used money from his own charity to purchase an autographed Tim Tebow helmet and jersey four years ago during a charity auction for the Susan J. Komen Foundation.

The Washington Post discovered the mysterious auction payment this week while discussing Trump's scarce giving to charities.

Trump is the president of the foundation, but its money comes primarily from other people.

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It's baffling that a billionaire mogul running for President of the United States would feel the need to use other people's money for his own personal purchases, when he clearly makes enough money to afford a $12,000 National Football League helmet.

What's more, at the time of the fundraiser, Trump hadn't given any money to the very foundation named after him for three years, according to the Post. If the rule is broken, the IRS must be notified and the offender may have to pay a tax penalty.

Trump's campaign did not respond to the Washington Post's request for comment. By IRS rules, this is likely a "self-dealing" violation, assuming Trump hasn't given the helmet away to another charity. If it's sitting on a shelf in a Trump office, or in a friend's office for that matter, it is not fine.

According to the Post, the Trump Foundation does not appear to have offices of its own and is headquartered at Trump's business offices in NY.

According to tax experts, if the IRS checks, the Trump Foundation could be in violation if the helmet and jersey are still in Trump's possession.

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