Once his son Eric's charity golf tournament started raising a substantial amount of money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which specializes in pediatric cancer, Donald Trump began charging for the use of Trump Organization golf courses, ultimately funneling the money into other charities which benefited his business interests, according to a report released yesterday by Forbes.
Eric Trump first hosted the Eric Trump Foundation golf invitational in 2007. He always maintained that he is able to hold the event on Trump Organization courses free of charge and that most of the other costs associated with the event––including, food, drinks, entertainment, and equipment––are covered by sponsors. Expenses for the event averaged around $50,000 for each of its first four years. Then Donald Trump personally demanded that his Trump National Westchester golf course begin charging his son's foundation for use of facilities.