Pam Bondi disagrees to consider the illegal donation from the Republican presidential hopeful as a bribe. The Donald J Trump Foundation made a $25,000 donation to a Bondi-aligned PAC in 2014, while Bondi was considering joining legal action against Trump University. After the donation came in, Bondi did not continue with the legal action. It has since emerged that Trump also hosted an off-the-books fundraiser for her. The Trump Foundation agreed to pay a $2,500 fine to the IRS for the illegally undeclared donation, which it chalked up to an “error”.
Facing allegations of “pay for play”, Bondi had tried to claim it was “bullying” from the Democrats. This week, she again denied wrongdoing, telling reporters it was “absurd” to question the conflict of inflect. In a news conference today, she insisted: “I would never trade any campaign donation — that’s absurd — for some type of favor to anyone. He donated to multiple candidates, Democrats and Republicans alike.
The politician added that returning the money would have made it look more like a bribe. According to Politico, she said: “If I had returned it you would have reported ‘Bondi accepted a bribe, got caught and returned it.’ That’s how the reporting goes. And so, no, there was nothing improper about it. So there was no reason to return it.”