In February of 2016, Donald Trump promised $6 million in donations, including $1 million from his own pocket, to local charities along his campaign trail. But by the time he won the New Hampshire primary, he had stopped giving away money and had donated far less than his pledged amount. Washington Post reporter David A. Fahrenthold went in search of the missing money, and found a bigger story than he ever expected.
In this collection of articles from The Washington Post, Fahrenthold chronicles his investigations on candidate Trump. From a deep dive into the Trump Foundation to breaking the news of the now-infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, the information he discovered shaped the course of the campaign and set the tone for the Trump presidency.
A must-read for anyone who followed the 2016 campaign, Uncovering Trump takes you behind the scenes of Fahrenthold’s investigation, through the lens of his expertly reported news stories.
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About the Author
David A. Fahrenthold is a political reporter for the Washington Post’s national staff. He has worked for the Post since 2000, when he arrived as a summer intern on the city desk. Since then, Fahrenthold has covered the D.C. police, the environment, New England, Congress, federal bureaucracy, and presidential and Congressional elections. During the 2016 election, Fahrenthold wrote extensively about Donald Trump’s unfulfilled promises to donate to charity – and about the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a charity run by the then-candidate that appeared to violate federal rules by using its money to buy large portraits of Trump, and to pay off the legal settlements of Trump’s businesses. He also revealed the existence of a 2005 video, taken during a taping of “Access Hollywood,” in which Trump made extremely lewd comments about groping women.
For his 2016 campaign reporting, Fahrenthold was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. He was also honored with a George Polk Award for Political Reporting from Long Island University and the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting. He is a native of Houston, Texas, and a 2000 graduate of Harvard University. He now lives in Washington with his wife, Elizabeth Lewis, and his daughters Alexandra, 4, and Stella, age 1.
Table of Contents
The behind-the-scenes story of my year covering Trump 1
What ever happened to all that money Trump raised for the veterans? 29
Missing from Trump's list of charitable giving: His own personal cash 37
Four months after fundraiser, Trump says he gave $1 million to veterans group 52
Trump promised millions to charity. We found less than $10,000 over 7 years 58
Trump promised personal gifts on 'Celebrity Apprentice.' Here's who really paid 68
Trump pays IRS a penalty for his foundation violating rules with gift to aid Florida attorney general 78
How Donald Trump retooled his charity to spend other people's money 86
Trump used $258,000 from his charity to settle legal problems 100
Trump Foundation ordered to stop fundraising by N.Y. attorney general's office 112
Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005 119
Trump boasts about his philanthropy. But his giving falls short of his words 127
Donald Trump plans to shut down his charitable foundation, which has been under scrutiny for months 148